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It's time for South Africa to consider how to support those who can't support themselves, and this means going beyond providing grants to create work opportunities as well, according to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.

The minister was speaking during a briefing on Wednesday, in which he and Treasury officials unpacked how a R38.85 billion support package for South Africans during the Covid-19 pandemic would be funded.

The package includes the reinstatement of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant until March 2022. This is expected to cost R27 billion and will be covered by tax revenue - which so far has been better than expected, Fin24 previously reported.

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