VAAL TRIANGLE - Vaal Triangle and other South African residents, who have been receiving top-ups on their social grants during the COVID-19 lockdown, will not be receiving them again from next month. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) on Monday said the grant amounts, as from November, will revert to pre-COVID-19 amounts. This means that all the top-up amounts for the social grants, including Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency, will stop from next month. Sassa said the Child Support Grant (CSG) beneficiaries received an extra R300 in May and R500 between June and October, while other grant beneficiaries were topped-up with R250 for six months. The agency said the top-up grant was government’s temporary relief against food insecurity and to cushion households severely battered by the pandemic. However, Sassa said in a brief statement on Monday that there is no extension to the top-up. The Social Development Department is among the government’s key implementers of the social relief and economic support package, to the value of R 500 billion, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the early stages of the outbreak.
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