Sassa urges R350 grant beneficiaries not to repeatedly change their bank details
by Unathi Nkanjeni (09 Sep 2022)
The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has advised beneficiaries of the 350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant against repeatedly changing their bank details, saying this may delay payments.
This week many applicants took to social media to voice their frustrations about declined grant applications and delayed payments. According to Sassa, among other reasons, payment delays were due to beneficiaries repeatedly changing their bank details on the SRD website.
“Clients are urged not to repeatedly change their bank details on the SRD website as the account will have to be verified each time a change is made, which may delay payment,” said the agency.
“It is recommended clients open their own bank accounts with an institution of their choice as it will assist them to take ownership of their funds and collection.”
What must I do?Sassa said applicants who want to dispute the agency's decision can lodge an appeal with the independent tribunal via the website.
COVID-19 social grant extended until 2025
The COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD Grant) has been extended by the government until March 2025 while changes to social security policy and financing model are being considered.
The program was created to assist those with low incomes who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.
The grant will be extended by one year, according to R34 billion, Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana announced on Wednesday when delivering the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to Parliament.
In the intermediate run, a temporary allocation is held until a thorough evaluation of the social grant system as a whole is completed. The COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress award was only funded through March 2024, according to the 2023 Budget.
The social wage, which is the total of public spending on jobs, housing, social assistance, transportation, health, education, and local amenities, accounts for 61% of consolidated non-interest expenditures over the 2024 medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) period.
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Sassa, Ramaphosa say Social Relief of Distress payments will be made within the week.
by Zukiswa Pikoli (13 Jun 2022)
A statement released on Monday by the South African Social Security Agency said 'payments for the new cycle of the Covid-19 SRD grant (from April 2022) will be paid as from mid-June 2022. Sassa will continue clearing outstanding payments from the previous cycle as and when the bank details are confirmed'.
Outstanding payments of the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant, according to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), “will not be done together, but will be done month-by-month. Sassa will do these multiple payments in a month until the backlog is finalised, whereafter monthly payments will resume”.
Last week, Maverick Citizen reported that civil society organisations #PayTheGrants, Amandla.mobi, Black Sash, the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and the Social Policy Initiative had raised the alarm that millions of poor people had not received their SRD grants for the months of April and May, which was causing massive mental health strain and financial anguish......