Budget: Social grants go up but not by much

Old age, war veterans, disability and care dependency grants up by R90 in April and another R10 from October


News | 21 February 2024

Increase tax on sugary drinks to fund an increase in social grants, say activists

Higher sugar tax would also save on health care


News | 21 February 2024

“It’s almost like they want you to give up”: desperate applicants queue at SASSA Eersteriver

Even those who slept at the offices are not sure to be served


Brief | 16 February 2024

Old Age Grant is not enough to cover care needs, researchers find

Pensioners often carry households at the expense of their own needs


News | 15 February 2024

Recipients blocked from getting R350 grant after fraudsters change their cell numbers

SASSA says the SRD grant has placed a massive burden on the agency and plans to implement new software to help prevent fraud


Brief | 16 January 2024

My children will go to school without shoes, says mother whose child grant has not been paid

SASSA says 150,000 grants have been suspended


News | 10 January 2024

Many child support grant recipients left without money for January

SASSA spokesperson denies there is a problem, but officials speaking anonymously say otherwise

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News | 9 January 2024

SASSA cash paypoints to be phased out by April 2024

Black Sash predicts “devastating” effect on grant recipients in rural areas


Brief | 12 December 2023

Black Sash film challenges SASSA’s closure of cash pay points in rural areas

But SASSA says it is inefficient and unsustainable to transport cash to a “handful of people”.


News | 30 November 2023

Here’s how South Africa’s social grant system has changed since 1994

SASSA pays 26-million grants every month


Information | 2 November 2023

No clarity on when Makhanda will have a post office again

The post office closed in July


Brief | 2 November 2023

MPs grill Social Development over grant payments

“If the same findings are coming through, how effective are these enforcement powers of the Auditor-General?”


News | 12 October 2023

MPs blast Post Office and Postbank leadership

“I don’t see a clear way forward. What I see is yet another failed entity” says MP


News | 11 October 2023

Child Support Grant must be increased to reduce child poverty, review finds

Government could face court action for failing in its constitutional duty


News | 9 October 2023

Grant beneficiaries queue at ATMs as KZN post offices run out of cash

“In the 90s, the Post Office was reliable but now it seems as if everything is falling apart,” says KwaMashu pensioner


Brief | 5 October 2023

Some pensioners are still queuing for hours for their grants

But payments seem to be going more smoothly, at least in some places

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News | 4 October 2023