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SASSA Confirms Grant Payment Amounts for June 2024

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SASSA Confirms Grant Payment Amounts for June 2024

SASSA Confirms Grant Payment Amounts for June 2024. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has announced the grant payment amounts for June 2024, providing essential financial support to over 28 million beneficiaries across the country. These social grants play a critical role in alleviating poverty and ensuring that vulnerable individuals can meet their basic needs.

Types of SASSA Grants

SASSA administers various types of grants, each designed to support different groups of people in need. These include:

  • Older Persons Pension Grant: Financial support for elderly citizens.
  • Disability Grant: Aid for individuals with disabilities.
  • War Veterans Grant: Assistance for veterans who served in wars.
  • Care Dependency Grant: Support for caregivers of children with severe disabilities.
  • Foster Child Grant: Financial aid for those caring for foster children.
  • Child Support Grant: Monthly support for low-income families with children.
  • Child Support Grant Top-Up: Additional support for children in need.
  • Grant-in-aid: Extra assistance for grant recipients who require full-time care.
  • Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant: Temporary financial support for those in extreme need.

Beneficiary Statistics

Currently, around 19 million South Africans receive permanent Sassa grants, with an additional 9 million benefiting from the SRD grant.

SASSA Grant Amounts for June 2024

The grant amounts were increased in April 2024, as announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. Here is the breakdown of the current grant values:

  • Older Persons Grant: R2,180 (R2,200 for those 75 years and older)
  • Disability Grant: R2,180
  • War Veterans Grant: R2,200
  • Care Dependency Grant: R2,180
  • Foster Child Grant: R1,180
  • Child Support Grant: R530
  • Child Support Grant (Top-Up): R530 + R250
  • SRD Grant: R370

SASSA Grant Payment Dates for June 2024

SASSA  has confirmed the payment dates for June 2024, ensuring that beneficiaries know when to expect their funds:

  • Older Persons Grant: 4 June 2024
  • Disability Grants: 5 June 2024
  • Children’s Grants: 6 June 2024

Upcoming SASSA Grant Increases in October 2024

Beneficiaries can look forward to additional increases in their grants on 1 October 2024. The changes are as follows:

  • Older Persons Grants: Increase by R10 (both amounts)
  • Disability Grants: Increase by R10
  • War Veterans Grants: Increase by R10
  • Care Dependency Grants: Increase by R10
  • Child Support Grant Top-Up: Increase by R10
  • Foster Child Grants: No change
  • Base Child Support Grant: No change
  • SRD Grant: No change

Finance Minister Godongwana acknowledged the impact of the rising cost of living on grant beneficiaries, stating, “We understand the rising cost of living affects the nearly 19 million South Africans who rely on these grants.”

Conclusion

SASSA social grants are a lifeline for millions of South Africans, providing essential support to those in need. The confirmed payment amounts for June 2024, along with the scheduled increases in October 2024, reflect ongoing efforts to assist beneficiaries in coping with financial challenges. These grants are crucial for the well-being and stability of many households across the country.

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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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