It is expected that 10 million people will benefit from the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant in the coming months. However, mistakes made in the application process could prevent applicants from receiving the crucial relief.
With more than 18 million permanent grant recipients in South Africa, technical difficulties with grant payment systems could inconvenience millions of individuals and their family members who rely on the crucial government support mechanism.
It has been just four days since the new Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant appeal website launched. During its first week, the website has seen more than half-a-million appeals lodged.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was extended by twelve months and is set to end in 2023. However, many of the administration aspects of the grant have changed, including the process of appeals.
The legislation under which the R350 grant is provided and the qualifying criteria are not the only things that change about the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The process of submitting a R350 grant appeal has also changed.
It was recently revealed that many of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant requirements were changed. This means that some individuals who previously benefited from the grant no longer qualify for the crucial relief mechanism.
The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant serves as a crucial relief measure for millions of unemployed South Africans. However, recently clients who receive their grants through the Postbank service have not been able to use their money.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) revealed that all applicants applying for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will be subjected to tests to ensure they qualify for the grant. One status that applicants have been receiving is "exclusionary response found".
It is estimated that more than 40% of South Africa’s population are recipients of a social grant from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). However questions have been raised around the ability of the agency to deliver services effectively in rural areas.
It was recently announced that some recipients of the Child Support Grant (CSG) will be eligible to receive an increased amount. The Department of Social Development (DSD) recently gazetted the proclamation of the Social Assistance Amendment Act which seeks to improve social assistance benefits for orphans and vulnerable children.
In 2020, a report by the United Nations found that one in five South Africans live in extreme poverty. Poverty, along with high levels of unemployment and inequality require solutions from the government to improve the lives of South Africans.
The cost of living in South Africa has shot up in the last few months with increases to the price of fuel and electricity, both being major factors in the input costs of businesses. A consequence of this has been an increase in the cost of food and transport, affecting Sassa grant beneficiaries.
A recent announcement by the Department of Social Development (DSD) could see the improvement of services at South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) branches around the country by reducing waiting times when beneficiaries collect their grants.
Social grants ensure that millions of South Africans receive some financial support from the government. A recent announcement by the Department of Social Development (DSD) will see some grant recipients receive a higher grant payment every month.
The internet has made it easier to complete tasks, shopping and loads more. However, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is facing challenges which is resulting in grant applicants having to travel to make grant applications.
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