State of the Nation  2024

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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.

Sharing stories of impact and change

Overcoming poverty is an act of justice

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa

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Achievement highlights

  • R232 billion in social grants

  • Social relief of distress (SRD) grant reaches 8.5 million people

19 million people benefit from social grants

3.95 million

Old age pension grants

1 million

Disability grants

13.2 million

Child support grants

302 000

Foster child grant

162 000

Care dependency grants

352 000

Grants-in-aid

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