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R17bn spent on special COVID-19 relief grant so far, says Minister Zulu

Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the grant by three more months, with many people relying on this money to survive without an income as a result of the pandemic.

FILE: Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu visiting Sassa offices in Gugulethu on 14 January 2021. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG – Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said that thus far, government had spent R17 billion through its R350 special COVID-19 grant.

Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the grant by three more months, with many people relying on this money to survive without an income as a result of the pandemic.

READ: Black Sash calls for R350 COVID-19 grant to be extended by a year

The department said it had already received 65,000 new applications.

Zulu said the applications would be reassessed to ensure those who needed it were assisted.

"We anticipate that by the end of the extended period, we would have spent over R22 billion to support this group of beneficiaries. It is also encouraging to note that 42,329 clients have canceled their grants as their situation has improved."

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