SRD Grant Extended Until March 2025

srd grant extended until march 2025

Breaking news: The government has extended the SRD Grant until March 2025. In a recent move to help those facing financial challenges due to the ongoing pandemic, the South African government has decided to extend the  Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD Grant) until March 2025. Initially planned to end in March 2024, this extension is a significant support for people affected by the economic impact of the global health crisis.

SRD Grant Extended Until March 2025

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana shared this news during the National Treasury’s Medium-Term Budget Policy (MTBP) Statement presentation in November 2023. According to him, the R350 award, which was supposed to stop in March 2024, will now be available for beneficiaries until March 2025.

Despite the extension, Minister Godongwana mentioned that there’s no final agreement on the finances yet, and a decision on the grant’s future is still pending. This extension gives policymakers more time to think about changes in social security policies and come up with a sustainable way to fund the grant.

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What You Should Know About SRD Grants

The SRD Grant was introduced during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to help low-income individuals dealing with the economic challenges of lockdowns. Initially planned for one year, the grant has been extended yearly as the country approaches the 2024 elections.

The social wage, including money spent on jobs, housing, help for people, transportation, health, education, and local facilities, makes up 61% of all spending without interest during the 2024 medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period.

Breaking News: SRD Allocation 

With an allocation of R34 billion, Minister Godongwana assured that the grant would be extended for another year. This temporary allocation is meant to provide support while a detailed evaluation of the entire social grant system is in progress. However, there are concerns about the long-term financial commitment, leading to discussions about possible tax increases to keep the SRD Grant going.

Will The SRD Grant Amount Be Increased?

Despite calls from unions and civil society for an increase in the SRD stipend, Minister Godongwana stated that the grant will stay at R350 until the end of March 2025. The financial challenges around the grant, with an annual cost of R36 billion to the country, highlight the need for a sustainable solution.

The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) acknowledged that the state has limitations in resources, indicating that the extension is a temporary solution while they thoroughly examine the entire social grant system. Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu plans to seek approval from the Cabinet to extend the unemployed R350 SRD subsidy until 2026.

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Why Was The SRD Grant Extended Until March 2025?

The extension aimed to continue supporting individuals facing financial difficulties due to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

Who Announced The Extension Of The SRD Grant?

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced the extension during the National Treasury’s Medium-Term Budget Policy (MTBP) Statement presentation in November 2023.


As South Africa deals with the economic aftermath of the pandemic, extending the SRD Grant is crucial support for vulnerable citizens. However, the financial implications and the search for a long-term solution show the challenges in maintaining such support. The upcoming months will likely involve ongoing discussions and decisions that will shape the future of the SRD Grant beyond March 2025.

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