According to the South African Social Security Agency, 60% of applicants for the R350-a-month Social Relief of Distress (SRD) award are under the age of 35. (SASSA). All SRD award contenders, on the other hand, have tertiary capabilities.
According to Andrew Donaldson, Senior Research Associate at the Southern Africa Labor and Development Research Unit, the number of young people applying for the SRD award "corresponds strongly" with the country's current youth unemployment rates (SALDRU).
According to the QLFS, the unemployment rate for those aged 15-24 was 64%, while the rate for those aged 25-34 was 42% in the first quarter of 2022. The authority's ongoing public rate is 35%, and it won't change.
During an interview, Donaldson was asked if he thought the SRD award would open doors for young people in terms of employment opportunities "It is almost certain that the SRD will assist some people in accumulating the costs of searching for work and making an unassuming commitment to everyday costs... For award recipients, the search for job remains a source of disappointment and fury, regardless of whether or not they've received a grant."
A study of the costs of job hunting conducted by the supporting effort Youth Capital and Open Dialog indicated that over 80% of South African jobless youth must choose between seeking for work and buying food.
Siyakha Youth Assets Study findings show that looking for work can cost a young South African R938 per month in transportation, information or online use; printing or copying certificates; postage and checking; along with application fees or organization costs.
SRD applications from individuals under the age of 20 were received by SASSA representative Paseka Letsatsi in July; more than 2 226 000 applications were received by individuals aged 20-24; and 3.9 million applications were received by individuals aged 25 to 35.
KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of people aged 20 to a long time using SASSA at 1 482 968. Following this was Gauteng, Limpopo, the Eastern Cape, and Mpumalanga, with a total of 1,187,349. (577 400).
Letsatsi reported that as of the 26th of July, the organization had received more than 600,000 applications from those who have completed postsecondary education (everything being equal).
On or around July 19, 2022, the organization reports that 5.2 million SRD award applications were approved and that millions of those people had received their payments.
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