Government’s R350 a month relief grant has been extended, and expanded.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Social Relief of Distress Grant will continue to be paid until the end of March 2022.

It was part of a raft of economic measures to cushion the effects of the on-going COVID-19 business restrictions, and the recent violence in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.

Other relief measures include a R400 million  budget for humanitarian relief, and a tax incentive for creating employment.

Pay-As-You-Earn tax remittances will be deferred, as well as excise duties owed by the liquor industry.

The one completely new measure is the expansion of the R350 grant.

Unemployed parents can now apply for it to boost their existing benefit.

Ramaphosa said, “We are expanding the number of people who are eligible for this grant by allowing unemployed caregivers who currently receive a Child Support Grant to apply.  Details on the reinstatement of the grant, including the process for application, will be announced shortly”.