The Ministry of Social Development announcement that recipients of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant should reapply for the aid as it will now be paid under a new legislative framework
The National State of Disaster, which facilitated the SRD grant, ended in April 2022. However, the Ministry of Social Development has been working on a regulatory framework for the disbursement of the grant since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the grant. .
The new legislative framework for the SASSA R350 grant has additional qualification and assessment criteria, which is why grantees must reapply if they have previously received support.
“Fortunately, the entire application system remains a purely digital process, allowing for quick access and turnaround times,” the department said.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLICATION RENEWAL:
Applications open at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
Applications can be made through the SASSA SRD website – https://srd.sassa.gov.za.
Other application channels will be made available in due course.
The department said applicants will be considered for the SASSA R350 grant from the month in which the application is made and will be validated each month.
“This means that all applications filed in April will be considered from April 2022.”
Did you know you can track your SASSA R350 application Distress Social Relief (SRD)?
HERE’S HOW TO TRACK YOUR APPLICATION
Once you have submitted your application, you can follow it on Whatsapp.
This is one of the few platforms that SASSA offers applicants the ability to track the progress of their applications.
Click here for more SASSA questions and answers.
Just follow these six easy steps:
- Add 082 046 8553 as contact
- Open your WhatsApp and refresh your contacts
- Open a conversation with the number (082 046 8553) you saved
- Send a message to the number saying “status”.
- You will now be able to check the progress of your grant.
- Once your chat is received, you will then be required to provide your ID number and the mobile phone number you used when applying for the grant.
There is no specific payment date for the R350 grant, as it is a temporary grant that ends in March 2022.
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SASSA has begun the process of disbursing the grant to successful recipients. Those who have not yet received payment were asked to wait to receive a text message from SASSA before attempting to collect the grant.
“La Poste does not pay the SRD subsidy during the normal payments of social allowances for old-age, disability and childhood allowances”
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SASSA explained that the last three digits of approved payee ID numbers would be used for payment collection on a specific day of the week.
“This will help minimize the spread of Covid-19 infections and allow for social distancing on paydays.”
Approved recipients will be reviewed monthly to ensure they are still eligible to receive payments.
President Ramaphosa recently outlined his ambitions to extend and expand the R350 grant from its current form.
The financial lifeline is believed to support around 10 million South Africans – but Cyril wants to go further.
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