To minimise the pain of the Covid-19 lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a R502bn stimulus package on April 21 — R50bn of which was directly for vulnerable households.

The transfers were meant to last six months, and include an increase in existing social grants (covering 18-million beneficiaries). There was also a completely new grant — the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant — that could reach up to 10-million individuals...

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