When the Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, delivers his maiden budget tomorrow, the nation will be looking to see what direction the government takes regarding social spending. The number of people receiving social grants has increased in the past three years, with the introduction of the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant. Some economic experts have raised concerns over the sustainability of grants and the burden on an overstretched fiscus. But, these grants have offered reprieve for millions of South Africans who are struggling to make ends meet.
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