These are 10 essential items R350 can buy you

Shoppers queue outside a shopping centre in Cape Town. (Photo: Daily Sun)
Shoppers queue outside a shopping centre in Cape Town. (Photo: Daily Sun)

Due to the extension of the lockdown President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all those who are not getting any form of financial assistance will receive a distress relief grant of R350 for the next six months.

This was welcomed by many as movement and means to make money for the majority of South Africans has been restricted in line with the regulations of the current lockdown.

Social development minister, Lindiwe Zulu, described it as one the department's top priorities. However, the department and its agency Sassa are yet to announce when people can apply for the grant.

Read more: R350 relief grants for unemployed our top priority, says Zulu

People have been wondering who qualifies for this grant and according to the department, here is the criteria for qualification:

Those who did not receive a grant due to grant suspension or temporary disability grant.

Children who turned 18 after the lockdown.

Grant beneficiaries experiencing challenges due to faulty cards, lost cards, failed bank verification and fraud.

Read more: Corona relief grant like music to people’s ears!

Those who qualify for a grant but have not applied due to the lockdown.

Those aged between 18 and 59, excluding those with other incomes like grants or UIF, pensions or receive any form of income, including pensions and National Student Financial Aid Scheme benefits.

The deputy director-general for social security, Brenda Sibeko, said poverty would rise due to the pandemic, so the department's clients would grow exponentially.

Move! went to investigate what can one manage to buy with this grant money. We went to one of the biggest food retailers to check their current prices on basic groceries.

We managed to get these 10 essential items:


5kg maize meal retails for R57

2kg rice at R23

2kg chicken portions is R140

2l cooking oil is R48

1kg white sugar R20

215g of tinned fish is R13.50

Potatoes R10

Onions R10

Bath soap R9

Deodorant R16

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