Some young Kimberley residents in the Northern Cape have expressed mixed views about the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant will be implemented for another year, until March 2023.
Ramaphosa made the announcement during the State Of the Nation Address (SONA).
SONA 2022 I President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech
The province has been hit hard by unemployment and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I get the R350, I keep it for about three months. I’ll then buy some staff that we need, some food to eat that is why I save it then buy food and somethings that will keep us because we do not have support. So, that is the only support that we get,” says a Kimberley resident.
“Most of the youth want to do something with their lives so being dependent on R350 doesn’t really assist you because if you look at the R350 it is not enough to sustain you for the whole month,” says another resident.
The R350 social relief grant goes a long way for many unemployed youth in the Northern Cape
SONA 2022 | Looking at Ramaphosa’s extension of the R350 Social Relief Distress Grant: Hlongwane