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Paying SRD Grant Applications for May 2024

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Paying SRD Grant Applications for May 2024

If you were approved for the SRD grant, you can expect to receive your payment this week. Sassa has begun paying SRD grants for May 2024.

Paying SRD Grant Applications for May 2024

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is now disbursing Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants to approved beneficiaries for May 2024.

Sassa has confirmed that approved applicants will start receiving their grants between 27 May and 31 May 2024. This payment will come as welcome news for millions of financially vulnerable adults who depend on this vital support.

Payments for clients approved for May 2024 will be processed from 27-31 May 2024. SRD grant payments come after Sassa completed beneficiary verification checks for the millions of people who applied for the SRD grant. Those who met all the eligibility criteria for the SRD grant will be paid this week.

While payments are being processed, beneficiaries should be aware that it might take an additional two to three business days for the money to reflect in their bank accounts. Funds will take about 2-3 working days to reflect in the client’s account after payment has been processed.

Check Your Status for Specific Dates

Sassa encourages everyone who applied for the SRD grant to check their application status on the official Sassa website. This will give them the exact date they can expect the funds to appear in their accounts.

Ensuring Uninterrupted SRD Grant Payments

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu previously announced the implementation of Section 6C of the Social Assistance Act. This section serves as a temporary measure to bridge the gap to a new system, guaranteeing continued payments to existing beneficiaries until May 2024.

To avoid any disruptions in receiving their grants, Sassa will be utilizing assessment data from March 2024 to determine eligibility for May payments. This means that individuals who were approved in March can expect to receive their increased R370 grant in May.

To ensure uninterrupted assessments and payments during the transition between the Regulations published on 29 March 2023 and these Amendment Regulations, the Agency may use data from the March 2024 assessment cycle for continued assessments of clients up to 31 May 2024. This decision by Sassa is crucial in ensuring a smooth transition and continued financial support for those who qualify for the SRD grant.

Increased Grant Amount and Payment Dates

Back in March, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana confirmed an increase in the SRD grant, raising it from R350 to R370. May will be the second month that beneficiaries will receive the increased SRD grant payment.

Conclusion

SASSA timely disbursement of SRD grants for May 2024 ensures vital financial support reaches approved beneficiaries. Check your application status on the Sassa website for specific payment dates and stay informed about your grant.

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SASSA SRD Grant Verification Checks May Exclude Many

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SASSA SRD Grant Verification Checks May Exclude Many

SASSA SRD Grant Verification Checks May Exclude Many. Millions of South Africans depend on the social relief provided by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). However, recent changes to the verification process for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have sparked significant concern among stakeholders, who fear these changes might exclude many deserving individuals from receiving aid.

Introduction of Verification Checks

Sassa has introduced a new verification check for SRD grant beneficiaries to ensure that the grants are disbursed to the correct individuals. This new measure includes identity verification checks done through facial recognition technology. While this step aims to maintain the integrity of the grant distribution process, it has raised alarms among various groups.

Verification Process Details

The verification process includes randomly selecting SRD grant applicants for additional checks. Applicants receive two SMS messages, with the second message containing a link that initiates the facial recognition process. It is crucial for applicants to complete this process within 72 hours, as the link expires after three days.

Concerns and Challenges

Access to Technology

A significant issue with the new verification process is that it assumes applicants have access to smartphones and the internet. Many beneficiaries, particularly those in remote or impoverished areas, lack these resources, making it challenging to complete the facial recognition check.

Process Suspension

Failure to complete the verification process results in the suspension of the SRD grant. Although Sassa has not disclosed the exact number of affected individuals, the potential impact is substantial, considering the number of SRD beneficiaries ranges between 7.5 million and 8.5 million.

Delays and Communication Issues

Beneficiaries with the necessary technology are also experiencing concerns about potential delays in their grant payments. For instance, Lerverch Pieters, unemployed since January 2024, reported delays and expressed worry about the impact on his family, who depend on the grant.

Elizabeth Raiters from #PayTheGrants criticized Sassa for inadequate communication regarding the new verification process. She warned that many beneficiaries might miss their June payments due to these issues. The organization has flagged the problem with Sassa, urging them to address the communication gap and provide better support to beneficiaries.

Conclusion

The introduction of verification checks by Sassa aims to ensure the proper distribution of SRD grants and prevent fraud. However, the reliance on technology for facial recognition and the lack of clear communication pose significant challenges for many beneficiaries. Immediate action is needed to address these issues, ensuring that deserving individuals are not unjustly excluded from receiving essential support.

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