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Social Relief of Distress grant extended to March 2024

The COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant – also known as the R350 grant – is expected to be extended to the end of March 2024. This as government continues to consider options for a replacement for the grant with no decision taken yet on how the replacement will be financed. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced the extension of the grant during his presentation of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. “The SRD grant was introduced in May 2020 as a temporary measure to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable, who were affected by [COVID-19 induced] lockdown measures. It has been extended several times since then. Discussions on the future of the grant are ongoing and involve very difficult trade-offs and financing decisions,” he said. As a result of the extension of the SRD grants, other social grants – such as old age grants and disability grants – will increase lower than inflation. According to Treasury, the SRD grant is ex

Financial freedom: how to achieve your financial goals

Financial freedom is a term that means different things to different people. For some, it may mean being debt-free, while for others, it may mean having enough money to retire comfortably. Whatever your definition may be, achieving financial freedom requires setting clear financial goals and taking deliberate steps towards achieving them. Here are some tips on how to achieve your financial goals and attain financial freedom.

Financial freedom: how to achieve your financial goals


1. Define your financial goals: The first step towards achieving financial freedom is defining what it means to you. Ask yourself what your long-term financial goals are and how you can achieve them. Write down your goals and be as specific as possible.


2. Create a budget: Once you have defined your financial goals, the next step is to create a budget. A budget helps you track your income and expenses and identify areas where you can cut back on spending. It also helps you prioritize your spending and allocate funds towards achieving your financial goals.


3. Pay off debt: High-interest debt such as credit card debt can be a significant obstacle to achieving financial freedom. Make it a priority to pay off your debts as quickly as possible. Consider consolidating your debts into one low-interest loan to reduce your interest charges.


4. Save for emergencies: Unexpected expenses can derail your financial goals. Set aside some money in an emergency fund to cover unforeseen expenses such as car repairs or medical bills.


5. Save for retirement: Even if retirement is years away, it's never too early to start saving for it. Consider opening a retirement account such as a 401(k) or IRA and contribute regularly.


6. Invest wisely: Investing can help grow your wealth over time. Consider investing in a diverse portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.


7. Live below your means: One of the most important steps towards achieving financial freedom is to live below your means. Avoid unnecessary expenses and keep your spending in check. Instead of trying to keep up with the Joneses, focus on your financial goals and prioritize your spending accordingly.


In summary, achieving financial freedom requires setting clear financial goals, creating a budget, paying off debt, saving for emergencies and retirement, investing wisely, and living below your means. With discipline and commitment, you can achieve your financial goals and attain the financial freedom you desire.









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