The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has urged R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant applicants to update their details for April and May assessment by no later than 7 July 2022.
The R350 SRD grant was not paid in April and May this year. Many applicants were hopeful they would get the grant as it was previously reported that payments would resume on 22 June, however many were met with shock when their applications were declined.
R350 SRD GRANT APPLICANTS URGED TO UPDATE DETAILS
Last week, SASSA Grants Operations Executive Manager, Brenton Van Vrede revealed that of the 10.9 million applications for the R350 SRD grant received, 5 million applications were declined.
SASSA said R350 SRD grant applicants who wish to update their screening questions for the assessment of the April and May 2022 periods should update their details by no later than Thursday, 7 July 2022.
SASSA also said clients can update personal information which was incorrectly provided on the SD website and or alter their responses to the screening questions asked in their application.
This can be done from Friday, 1 July 2022 on the SRD website at https://srd.sassa.gov.za
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS HEADING TO COURT
When new regulations were gazetted after the National State of Disaster which facilitated the R350 SRD grant ended in April this year, a number of civil society organisations voiced out their concerns about the tight criteria now used to identify who deserves the R350 SRD grant.
Under the National State of Disaster, the income threshold for one to be eligible for the R350 SRD grant was R595 and has been reduced to R350 under the new regulations.
Civil society organisations are heading to court to try and overturn the tight criteria and means test which they say deprives millions of people in need of government assistance and regresses developments of the right to social assistance for hundreds of thousands who qualified for this assistance previously.
In a joint statement, the organisations which include The Blacksash Trust and #PayTheGrants amongst others said on the immediate crisis with non-payment of the R350 SRD grant: Not a single beneficiary has received the April and May payments for this grant cycle in mid-June as promised. Instead, only back-payments from August to November 2021 have been made due to successful appeals.