Black Sash Media Statements

Black Sash and #PayTheGrants Joint Press Conference

MEDIA ALERT
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:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tPxuNAlETMi4UVRig61iFQ

Facebook Live Stream: 

https://www.facebook.com/BlackSashSouthAfrica

https://www.facebook.com/Covid19CoalitionSA

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, 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)
061 643 4249  /  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nathan Taylor (C19 People’s Coalition for #PayTheGrants)
082 406 1208  /  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.