sassa information 2023-2024
sassa information 2023-2024
Unemployed South Africans got an R350 Social Emergency Assistance (SRD) stipend for an additional three months during the protracted shutdown.
There is no need to reapply, but registered beneficiaries who have already received payments should make sure that their profiles are current.
But simply being registered does not ensure that you will receive payment in the coming months.
The Social Security Administration (Sassa) of South Africa has extended the Social Relief Grant (SRD) of R350 for an additional three months in order to provide financial help to people who have lost their jobs as a result of the shutdown. Those who have already applied for the program do not need to do so again.
After more than R16 billion had been distributed to almost 6.5 million users every month since May of last year, the grant just ran out in January 2021.
In his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the grant would be renewed, citing persistent socioeconomic challenges imposed on by tight laws.
Sassa’s administrative processes were put under a great deal of stress by the sheer volume of applications it received last year. Because of the overloaded online platforms, applicants claimed that their rejections were “unfair”. The agency created an appeals process with the intention of reevaluating applications on an individual basis in response to strong public pressure.
The most recent extension takes into account both the application and appeal processes. Sassa makes it clear that those who are already registered on the system—those who have received payment within the last nine months or who have already filed an appeal—do not need to reapply. The applicant’s profile must be updated using the SRD’s online portal whenever their contact information or residential address changes.
To benefit from this extension, any SRD beneficiary is not necessary to travel to local Sassa offices. The agency is desperately trying to cut down on lines and human contact at its offices after the abrupt cancellation of Temporary Disability Grants, which caused havoc at Sassa sites.
The organization has also instructed all grant recipients who picked up their awards at the South African Post Office to register bank accounts and update their deposit details via the SRD portal.
Sassa has emphasized that merely being on the system does not guarantee payment during the extension period, even if applicants are not obliged to reapply. Instead, as it has done since the SRD’s founding, the agency will keep evaluating applications on a monthly basis.
In addition, the appeal window, which was supposed to shut down on February 28th, will be extended. Registered applicants who are rejected the R350 grant over the ensuing three months may appeal if they believe their refusal was unfair. For applicants who have already filed repeals, there is no need to file further appeals.
Sassa has told applicants who were accepted in January but hadn’t yet received a payment that payments made through the mail, direct deposits, and mobile money transfers will still be honored despite the fact that there is currently a backlog of appeals.
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