Sassa latest news update – In recent years, South Africa has seen an increase in demand for social grants. With an unemployment rate above 30% nationally, the average South African can only make a living with government help.
In the Statistics South African General Household Survey (StatsSA) for 2020, the population of South Africa was estimated at 59,437 million. Among this population, 34.9% of individuals will receive social assistance in 2020, and more than 50% of households will receive social assistance.
In another survey, StatsSA also confirmed that the country is experiencing consistently high unemployment, which increased from 32.5% in Q4 2020 to 35.3% in the same quarter of 2021.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) shares that it has responded to the growing economic hardship faced by the poor and unemployed by continuing to comply with its mandate to administer social benefits for worthy people.
In a statement, the government agency, Sassa has shared:
Grants were the second most important source of income for households.
According to the report, households confirmed to have received at least one type of subsidy are most common in:
Limpopo (68.8%), Mpumalanga (64.7%), and Eastern Cape (63.1%), and the least common in Gauteng (39.5%) and Western Cape (44.9%).
The number of social allowances is said to have increased by 33.48% between April 2007 and March 2022.
This increase is mainly due to Child Support Support, Old Age grants, and relief distress, a trend that is thought to have been affected by policy changes and an improved outreach program.
Due to the growing demand for these, the government agency said it has also increased the number of grants granted over the years, including grants, to meet the growing demand. increased financial support.