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SASSA Child Grants Now Being Paid for June 2024

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SASSA Child Grants Now Being Paid for June 2024

SASSA Child Grants Now Being Paid for June 2024. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has commenced the payment of all child-related grants for June 2024. These grants are crucial in helping vulnerable families cover their monthly expenses and ensure that children’s basic needs are met. Here is a detailed look at the different types of child grants provided by Sassa and their payment details for June 2024.

SASSA Child Grants

Sassa offers several grants aimed at supporting families with children. These include:

  1. Child Support Grant (CSG)
  2. Child Support Grant Top-Up
  3. Foster Care Grant

These grants are designed to assist low-income families, caregivers of orphaned children, and foster parents in providing for the basic needs of children under their care.

Child Support Grant (CSG)

The Child Support Grant is intended to provide financial assistance to the primary caregivers of children under the age of 18. This grant helps cover essential needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Who Qualifies?

  • South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee
  • The primary caregiver of a child under 18
  • Must meet the means test (income threshold)

Grant Amount:

  • Currently, the Child Support Grant is R530 per month, per child.

Child Support Grant Top-Up

The Child Support Grant Top-Up is an additional financial supplement for caregivers of orphaned children. This top-up is specifically for relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., who are raising orphaned children.

Who Qualifies?

  • South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee
  • Primary caregiver of an orphaned child under 18 (proof of orphan status required)
  • Must meet the means test

Grant Amount:

  • An additional R250 on top of the regular Child Support Grant, bringing the total to R780 per month per orphaned child.

Foster Care Grant

The Foster Care Grant is designed for individuals who are legally caring for children placed in their care through the foster care system. This grant helps foster parents provide for the basic needs of these children.

Who Qualifies?

  • South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee
  • Legally caring for a child under 18 placed in your care through a court order

Grant Amount:

  • A set amount of R1,180 per month, per child in your care.

SASSA Children Grant Payment Dates for June 2024

For June 2024, all grants for the care of children will be paid on Thursday, 6 June 2024. This includes payments for the Child Support Grant, Child Support Grant Top-Up, and Foster Care Grant.

Conclusion

SASSA child grants are a vital resource for low-income families, caregivers of orphaned children, and foster parents, ensuring that children’s basic needs are met. The timely disbursement of these grants helps to alleviate financial burdens and supports the well-being of vulnerable children across South Africa.

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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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