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SASSA Applications for R350 Grant in Aug 2022

Status of SASSA application for R350 grant in 2022, Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant are young, according to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

The South African Social Security Agency estimates that young people make up around 60% of those applying for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, which is worth R350 per month (SASSA).

Additionally, around 5% of all SRD grant candidates have a tertiary degree.

According to Andrew Donaldson, Senior Research Associate at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, the amount of young people applying for SRD grants “correlates strongly” with the nation’s current rates of youth unemployment (SALDRU).

The first quarter of 2022 had a 64 percent unemployment rate for individuals aged 15 to 24, and a 42 percent rate for those aged 25 to 34, according to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS).

The official national rate as of right now is 35%.

When asked about the potential effects of providing young people with the SRD grant in terms of employment chances, Donaldson responded, “Along with providing a small contribution toward living expenses, it is probable that the SRD will help some persons cover the costs of job seeking.

However, as fewer job openings result from this, even grant beneficiaries continue to feel frustrated and angry about their inability to find employment.”

According to a survey on the expenses of job searching undertaken by the advocacy group Youth Capital and Open Dialogue, more than 80% of young people without jobs in South Africa must choose between looking for employment and buying food.

A young South African looking for work could spend an average of R938 per month on transportation, data or internet use, printing, certification, copying, postage, scanning, as well as application fees or agency fees, according to a study based on the 2019 Siyakha Youth Assets Study of youth unemployment.

Paseka Letsatsi, a spokesman for SASSA, reports that 930 000 SRD applications came from those under the age of 20, more than 2 226 000 from people in the 20 to 24 age range, and 3.9 million from people in the 25 to 35 age range.

KwaZulu-Natal submitted the most applications (1 482 968) for those in the 20 to 35 age range to SASSA.

Gauteng (1 187 349), Limpopo (861 317), the Eastern Cape (784 124) and Mpumalanga were the following (577 400).

Letsatsi said that as of 26 July, the organization had received more than 600 000 applications from those who had completed higher education (of all ages).

According to the organization, as of 19 July 2022, nearly 5.2 million SRD grant applications had been granted, and more than 4 million of those applicants had been paid.

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