SASSA Beneficiaries Exceed 19 Million

SASSA Beneficiaries Exceed 19 Million by End of July 2024

The number of social grant recipients has significantly increased, with the national agency reporting, SASSA beneficiaries exceed 19 million by end of July 2024. This growth reflects the importance of SASSA ongoing efforts to provide crucial financial support to vulnerable groups in South Africa.

SASSA Beneficiaries Exceed 19 Million by End of July 2024

As of July 2024, SASSA reports having over 19 million social grant beneficiaries, representing about 45% of the country’s population. This figure excludes the 9 million individuals reapplying for SASSA R370 Grant (Social Relief of Distress) and submit SASSA Appeal for 2024 Declined Grants.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) anticipates continued growth in the number of beneficiaries throughout the remainder of 2024, with projections expected to surpass 21 million by January 2025. The details are as follows.

  • July 2024 – 19.915 million beneficiaries
  • August 2024 – 20.114 million beneficiaries
  • September 2024 – 20.315 million beneficiaries
  • October 2024 – 20.518 million beneficiaries
  • November 2024 – 20.723 million beneficiaries
  • December 2024 – 20.930 million beneficiaries
  • January 2025 – 21.140 million beneficiaries

SASSA Increased Budget for Social Grants 2024

In the expanded Budget 2024, the National Treasury announced that social grant amounts increases as the expenditure will increase from R217.1 billion in 2023/24 to R259.3 billion by 2026. This budget expansion highlights the growing need for financial assistance, with the number of SASSA beneficiaries projected to increase further.

Today rising inflation and poverty levels have made it increasingly difficult for low-income families and unemployed individuals to maintain basic living standards. At this critical time, SASSA grants provide essential support to various vulnerable groups, including the older persons, childrens, and those with disabilities.

SASSA Contribution to South Africa Welfare and Development

Under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, SASSA continues to play a vital role in providing financial support to millions of South Africans. The agency’s efforts are instrumental in combating poverty and enhancing the quality of life for those in need.

SASSA’s commitment to supporting the underprivileged population is evident in its ongoing efforts to expand and improve social grants program with online applications, ensuring that more South Africans receive the assistance they need, alleviating poverty and improving living standards.

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