See Why Your R350 Grant Application Is Approved But Not Paid?
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 7.5 million 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 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.
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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 19 and 59 years old and not receiving other forms of financial support from the government to be approved for payment.
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.
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.