It was recently announced, much to the desires of many in South Africa, that the R350 Special Relief of Distress Grant will be extended. However, if you’re wondering why you are not able to apply for November, here’s why.
It was recently announced, much to the desires of many in South Africa, that the R350 Special Relief of Distress Grant will be extended. However, if you’re wondering why you are not able to apply, it’s only because the agency has not yet added it to the system.
SASSA stated on social media while answering a query:
The system will soon add the added three months.
All those individuals who have applied for the SRD grant and were successfully verified and approved will receive their payments, said the agency.
Payments are still currently in progress. So, those who haven’t been paid yet need not worry as they will receive their payment and still get their coming months payments again if they still qualify.
When another SASSA beneficiary enquired about payments not coming through, SASSA then instructed the individual to send his full details to them so that they could then be able to trace where the payments went from there.
The way SASSA deals with figuring who should be paid and who shouldn’t be paid is that every month SASSA goes through and considers every applicant again to see whether their circumstances might have changed. SASSA says, “Should you qualify again you will receive your payments for the remaining months as well.”
It’s important to remember that there is no fixed payment date for the special COVID-19 SRD grant.
Should you have appealed and have not yet received a response on whether it was successful or not, SASSA is probably in the process of matching the data you’ve provided against bank information. Once that is done, feedback on appeals will be provided soon thereafter.
SASSA has since discovered that the online grant application portal has a few glitches which need to be fixed. Those wanting to apply for grants are therefore encouraged to visit SASSA offices to do so.
Although the President was delivering good news when he announced that the grant would be extended, there was bad news as well. He explained that it would be too expensive for the country to make the R350 grant a permanent feature.
Government is however looking into the possibility of introducing a Basic Income Grant for inidividuals aged 18 to 59.
Why there's no section of November for SRD?
— Nyambose🙌 Khubazi (@Sanele_Mnqobi) November 4, 2020
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