It has been over a year since the R350 social relief grant of distress has been active in the country of South Africa. It initially was created to help South Africans who were struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions and the pandemic as a whole.
This meant that only South Africans could apply for the grant and people without South African identity numbers or South African identity documents did not have the option to apply for the grant but things have changed.
As of Wednesday the 22nd of September, people without South African ID's can now apply for the grant. This, according to the government is done in order to help everyone living in the country make ends meet. It is said that caregivers that have children who are receiving grants from Sassa are allowed to apply for the grant now.
This is to end poverty around people who are taking care of children but are unemployed. It is said that all they will need is a few details and do not need a 13 digit South African ID number to complete the application. This is a new initiative by the South African social security agency and it was started by the minister of social development Lindiwe Zulu.
South Africans received this issue with mixed emotions. They do understand the fact that people need to eat in South Africa, but they have a problem with the fact that even foreigners can apply for the grant.
Their arguement is that most of them do not form part of the economy that helps fund these grants but they will benefit from them. According to South Africans, people who are not from South Africa do not even pay taxes due to how informal their businesses are but the government decides to give them grants funded from South African tax money.
What is your take on the matter? Do you think the government is doing a good by allowing people without South African ID is to apply for the Grant?
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