Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address to the nation on 21 April.
  • UPDATE: Not all children will receive R2,800 extra in grant payments after all, after the terms of the extra payments are changed.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa announced big boosts to child support and other grants over the next six months, when Covid-19 is expected to hit the economy hardest.
  • Unemployed South Africans not receiving other grants will also get a total of R2,100 each in monthly payments.
  • Just how they will qualify for those payments is not yet clear.
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Update: 25 April

Children will not all be receiving R2,800 extra in coronavirus payments after all, the government now says.

Each child beneficiary of a grant will get R300 extra in May, as first announced – but for the following four months every caregiver of a child receiving a grants will get R500 extra per month, not the actual child recipient.

That means a household with two children will receive not R5,600 extra, as first announced, but will instead receive R3,100 in extra payments of R600 (R300 per child) in the first month and R500 per month thereafter.

Caregivers with more children under their care will see an even bigger impact from the change.

The change is expected to mean around R13 billion less will be paid in extra child grants.

As of 24 and 25 April various government announcements seemed to suggest that this was a clarification on what had originally been announced, but this was not the case. On 21 April President Cyril Ramaphosa said that beneficiaries – not carers – would receive the extra payment, and it was clear that the same beneficiary would receive both the R300 and R500 extra payments.

"This means that child support grant beneficiaries will receive an extra R300 in May and from June to October they will receive an additional R500 each month," Ramaphosa had said.

The original article based on Ramaphosa's announcement follows below.

South African grant recipients will be seeing big jumps in their monthly payments over the next six months, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday night.

And South Africa will get its first ever broad grant, not aimed a specifically vulnerable group: a R350 per month payment, for six months, to those who are unemployed and are not receiving another form of grant.

It is not yet clear just how the unemployed will qualify for this "special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant", and what paperwork they will have to present to claim it.

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In total R50 billion will be spent on grant payments, Ramaphosa said – 10% of the total special coronavirus budget he announced, and around 1% of South Africa's gross domestic product (GDP).

Here is how those payments will be made:

  • R2,800 extra in child support grants, with R500 extra paid every month between June and October, and an extra R300 in May.
  • R1,500 for all other types of grants, such as disability and old-age grants, in instalments of R250 per month for the next six months.
  • R2,100 for the unemployed, in payments of R350 per month for the next six months.

As of 1 April, the monthly grants were:

  • R440 per child for child support grants
  • R1,860 for older people, and people with disabilities
  • R1,880 for war veterans and those older than 75.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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