Don't Pay To Skip The Line When Collecting R350 Grant
Social grants are a crucial mechanism for millions of vulnerable South Africans to ensure that they meet their basic needs. However, some individuals are attempting to take advantage of grant beneficiaries.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) pays millions of grants monthly. Many of these grants are distributed at branches of the South African Post Office (Sapo).
With the high number of grant collections taking place, the lines at post office branches around the country are often filled with people. Sapo has called on grant beneficiaries to not pay self-appointed queue marshalls for the opportunity to jump the queue.
They said, “The SA Post Office advises beneficiaries not to consider paying such bribes. Paying or soliciting a bribe constitutes criminal activity. Anyone who is exposed to this practice should collect as much evidence as possible and report the incident to the SA Police”.
You can also report this on the Post Office’s toll-free crime hotline at 0800 020 070.
Beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant who used their phone to apply for the grant, and chose the Post Office as a collection point, can indicate when they apply that they would like to withdraw their grant elsewhere.
These alternative R350 grant collection options are Pick n Pay, Boxer, Checkers, Shoprite or Usave supermarkets.
This will not only ease congestion at the Post Office for people who do not have this option but also allow beneficiaries to collect their grant at a time and place that is convenient to them.
Beneficiaries who shared a cell phone to apply for the R350 grant can only collect the grant from a Post Office branch.
This option is available on https://srd.sassa.gov.za and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) can be contacted at 0800 601 011. This will not only ease congestion at the Post Office for people who do not have this option but also allow you to collect your grant at a time and place that is convenient for you.
All beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant had to reapply after changes were made to the legislation under which the crucial relief measure was provided. There are several methods grant beneficiaries can use to apply for the R350 grant.
With 10 million people expected to benefit from the R350 grant, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has established multiple application channels to handle the number of incoming applications. The most recent addition to the application channels will allow for the process to be completed, using a phone.
Every month, more than 10 million people benefit from the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant. However, not all these beneficiaries have been paid for all the months they were approved for payment.
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