Survey finds social grants a vital safety net for households

File: Beneficiaries braved long queues to apply for the COVID-19 support grant. eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Social grants are the main source of income for a quarter of homes in South Africa.

That’s according to Statistics South Africa's latest general household survey.

READ: Concerns over new COVID-19 relief grant regulations

It shows that social grants remain a vital safety net, particularly in the poorest provinces.

The survey comes as the debate continues on whether the country should introduce a permanent basic income grant to curb poverty levels.  

The special R350 COVID-19 Social Relief Distress grant is due to end in March next year.


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