Black Sash and #PayTheGrants Joint Press Conference
27 April 2021
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
Zoom Registration Details:
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, Amandla.mobi 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
For media enquiries:
Esley Philander (Black Sash)
Nathan Taylor (C19 People’s Coalition for #PayTheGrants)