Every month Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant recipients check their payment status to see if they have been approved for payment.
Being approved for payment means that SRD grant recipients will have access to critical financial relief. The Department of Social Development found that 90% of the beneficiaries of the grant use their money to purchase food.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) verifies SRD grant applications every month.
This is done because the circumstances of SRD grant beneficiaries could change over time and some will no longer qualify for the grant.
One of the qualifying criteria to benefit from the SRD grant is that applicants must not have an income of more than R595 in their bank accounts.
Sassa explained, “Income in relation to the SRD R350 grant means, any source of income as defined in regulation 19 of the Social Assistance Regulations, 2008 and includes any form of donation or other financial support or financial assistance received by the applicant of not more than R595 as per the food poverty line threshold”.
If you have an income of more than R595 per month, your SRD grant application will be rejected.
Clients are advised that the process of bank verification does not have a set timeframe.
This is as the client's details are sent to the Department of Treasury, then to the bank chosen by the applicant.
Sassa said, “The process of bank verification does not have a set timeframe. The applicant's details go to the Department of Treasury; to the specific bank chosen by the applicant and when it is verified, it then goes back to Treasury and is lastly handed over to SASSA for payment purposes”.