State of the Nation Address 2023



State of the Nation Address 2023

Leave No One Behind Leave No One Behind

Fighting hunger and poverty

South Africa has invested significantly in a social wage package to reduce inequality and address the worst effects of poverty. This includes free basic services, education and social housing for the poor, as well as an extensive social security grants system.

Government is working to ensure that existing social grants are increased to cushion the poor against rising inflation. We have extended the Social Relief of Distress Grant to end March 2024. We are also developing a longer-term alternative for targeted basic income support to replace the SRD Grant.

It is the job of the state to provide a minimum level of protection below which no South African will fall.

President Cyril Ramaphosa


Achievement highlights

  • Social relief of distress (SRD) grant reaches 7.8m people

  • Around R63 billion in UIF benefits paid out as part of the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme

R195.5 billion in social grants in 2021/22

R86.5 billion

Old age pension

R23.6 billion

Disability grant

R73.3 billion

Child support grant

R4.3 billion

Foster child grant

R3.7 billion

Care dependency grant

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