Black Sash and #PayTheGrants Joint Press Conference.

The Black Sash and #PayTheGrants will host a virtual press conference concerning the impending termination of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant on 30 April 2021.

We will be joined by representatives from faith-based organisations, trade unions and civic groups to address this urgent matter.

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021

Time: 11h00 to 12h30

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Our demands:

  • Extend the Covid-19 SRD grant until it is turned into a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG)
  • Increase the Covid-19 SRD grant to the Food Poverty Line (currently *R585)
  • Expand the Covid-19 SRD to unemployed adults receiving the Child Support Grant on behalf of children
  • Reassess the harshly narrow criteria for accessing the SRD grant, and improve its administration
  • Urgently implement the long overdue BIG, for those aged 18 to 59 years with no too little income, to at least the Upper-Bound Poverty Line (currently *R 1 268)

As part of this campaign, has launched a petition calling for the extension and increase of the Covid-19 SRD grant. We encourage all to sign and share this petition in support of the millions of people who stand to lose this grant if it is terminated.

*Both R585 and R1 268 are insufficient, but this must be the bare minimum.


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