Great news for social grant recipients: their monthly payments will be increased beginning April 1, 2023. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana made this announcement during his National Budget speech at Cape Town City Hall on Wednesday, February 23, 2023.
In 2022, the Department of Social Development received the highest budget allocation to provide social relief to millions of South Africans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The department has been granted R66 billion over the medium term for the current fiscal year, with R36 billion set aside to extend the Covid-19 SRD grant until 1 March 2024.
The new monthly amounts for social grants beneficiaries are as follows:
- Child Support Grant: increasing from R480 to R510 from 1 October 2023
- Foster Child Grant: increasing from R1070 to R1130.
- Older Person’s Grant: increasing by R90 on 1 April and R10 in October 2023, totaling R2090.
- Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant: remaining at R350.