Proposal To Raise SRD R350 Grant Threshold From R350 to R624 2023

The Department of Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has proposed adjusting the current amount of R350 being the threshold for the SASSA SRD R350 grant to R624.

This was contained in a proposal presented by the minister in the wake of crying by applicants who have been declined largely due to alternative Income Source.

Department of Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu

When the grant was initially introduced the threshold for the qualification was R595, in that if an applicant receives some money from friends or family members and it is less than R595 in a month, the applicant will qualify but if it is more than that, they are declined.

But starting this year thus April 2022 to March 2023, under this new legislative framework, which only seeks to offer financial support to the “poor of the poorest”, the threshold was set to R350 per month.

According to SASSA PRO Paseka, about 49% of the applicants have so far been approved for payment leaving a chunk of the applicants out.

This has raised so much agitations among the affected applicants and other Civil Society groups such as Black Sash etc and others going to the High Court to seek redress.

Meanwhile, others are even calling for the removal of the DSD Minister Zulu for failing to acknowledge the fact more people are still unemployed and going through a lot and the recent spike of the inflation making it almost impossible to live with R350.

We are hoping that things will change so that they will not only push the threshold yo R624 but rather peg the SASSA SRD R350 grant itself to R624 per applicant per month and formulate guidelines to permanently make the SRD a basic income grant.

We are closely monitoring events and will be in touch with you soon when there is any update whatsoever regarding this development.


  1. Since R350 started,I haven’t receive any not even once.they keep on saying decline for uif,and changes the reasons,and I never worked and I don’t have any source of income. I need this could help me more

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