The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) was introduced by the Department of Social Development to support vulnerable individuals who are unemployed. Many individuals who were approved for this relief mechanism have not received R350 grant payments, and it has been reported that delays in processing applications and issuing payments have caused serious personal hardship for some households. Millions of South Africans depend on the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to be able to survive every every month. But, some Sassa SRD grant beneficiaries have not received all the payment they are qualified for.

To ensure that you’re a deserving applicant, Sassa will check your bank account to ensure that any money exceeding the allowed threshold is not paid from this account. Once we verify this and make sure you are eligible for the grant, we will deposit funds directly into your bank account.

In the case of the SRD grant, the means test checks if an applicant’s monthly income is above or below R624. If your monthly income is equal to or less than R624 then you will be eligible for the grant assistance.

SASSA means that you cannot apply for SRD grants if your income is above the prescribed level or if your account balance is below the threshold. If you earn too much money or have too much in the bank, your application will be rejected.

If you are unemployed, between the age of 19 and 59 years old and not receiving other forms of financial support from the government, you may be eligible for payment by the Sassa.

Sassa has stated that while they have received substantial payments, they are still struggling to meet the targets since funds from the Treasury were delayed.

Sassa said,

“Those approved but not yet paid are those whose records are outstanding bank accounts or bank accounts provided failed bank account verification or bank accounts pending verification from National Treasury or those who selected cash send payments”.

The cash send payments referred to by Sassa were made from 19 September 2022. 

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