The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) was introduced to support vulnerable individuals who are unemployed and do not receive any financial support from the government. However, many individuals who were approved for this relief mechanism have not received grant payments.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has revealed that millions of people have been approved for payment of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. However, many of these individuals have not received any money.
Sassa revealed that several factors may be delaying the payment of the SRD grant applicants whose applications were accepted. This mainly related to the information provided by grant applicants.
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
Sassa is urging individuals to ensure their bank details are correct as incorrect details could prevent their R350 grant payment. This is because one of the most common reasons for unpaid grants is incorrect beneficiary details.
One of the biggest reasons for approval and non-payment is the fact that Sassa might not have your correct and updated bank details.
Grant beneficiaries can visit the SRD Grant website to update their information.
Please visit the SASSA SRD website to ensure that the details that Sassa has for you, are indeed correct – especially if you were approved but not paid.
Sassa Grant Verification
Sassa undertakes several verification checks to ensure that SRD grant applicants are deserving of the grant they are applying for. One of these verification checks is done by checking the applicant’s bank account for funds exceeding the allowed threshold.
A means test is a tool used to determine whether a person is eligible for financial assistance. In the case of the SRD grant, the means test checks if an applicant exceeds the income threshold of R624.
If an applicant exceeds the income threshold, their SRD grant application will be rejected while if the amount of money in their account is below the threshold, they will be approved for payment.
The applicant must also be unemployed, between the age of 18 and 59 years old and not receiving other forms of financial support from the government to be approved for payment.