South Africa’s Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu last Friday gazetted new regulations to govern the Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 which was introduced to assist those left destitute by the Covid-19 lock down. Fin24 reports that the new regulations are different in one important respect though, in that qualifying applicants must be poorer than before, raising the possibility that some who previously got the grant will no longer be able to do so. Activists who have championed the grant have expressed disappointed at the change, saying that a “means test” to determine whether an individual is eligible is not very comprehensive and has been criticised both for shutting people out who are eligible and letting others who do not qualify in.