Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana recently announced that 46% of South Africans are recipients of social grants.
One of the grants distributed by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant.
The SRD grant was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequently renewed in August 2021. It was set to come to an end in March 2022, but was then extended by 12 months and is set to conclude in March 2023.
To Qualify For The R350 Grant, Applicants Must Be…
- A South African Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee registered on the Home Affairs database;
- Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
- Above the age of 18 and below the age of 60;
- Not receiving any social grant in respect of himself or herself;
- Not receiving any Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Support
- Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and other financial aid;
- Not receiving any other government Covid-19 response support; and
- Not a resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution
One of the rejection messages SRD grant applicants have received upon checking their grant application status is ‘Debtor’.
Sassa says the "Debtor" status means that you were paid during the first SRD grant payment cycle. However, upon audit, it was determined that you were not deserving of the SRD grant.
If you have the "Debtor" status, you will have to pay back the money you were paid before you can benefit from the current round of SRD grant payments.