social relief grants

Equal education released a statement urging the government to acknowledge its role in creating the social crisis in the country. The organisation has asked that the government urgently provide social relief, including reinstating the COVID-19 SRD Grant.

Many successful applicants have been waiting for SASSA to process the payment of the R350 grant. SASSA has given clarity about the payment dates. The Special Covid-19 grant of R350 came to an end in April.

If your application for the Special R350 Covid-19 SRD grant has been declined, you are encouraged to appeal now before the deadline for appeals will close. 

If you have been declined for the R350 SRD grant in the period February to April 2021 and you’re curious as to whether you can still appeal this, keep reading.

Recently, fake messages are being spread about the Special Relief Distress grant SASSA offers which pays beneficiaries R350 per month. The grant was extended for another three months.

Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Social Development, announced that SASSA has decided to extend the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant as many South Africans are still in need of the grant.


SASSA is urging those who receive funds from the R350 grant to seriously consider changing their payment method to using a bank account. They have therefore opened up their system for applicants to change their preferred payment method.

It's no secret that when it comes to administration, SASSA isn't exactly winning any awards. Now, with their SRD grant which sees vulnerable South Africans receive R350 a month being introduced during lockdown, issues have come up and a major backlog is now happening. 

SASSA is currently experiencing a backlog of applications for the disability grants. This is a major issue as many South Africans depend on this grant to survive but due to offices being closed and a shortage of doctors, applications cannot be approved.

By Bernard Chiguvare. Local post offices are not paying out grants, say Limpopo beneficiaries. Many of the people queuing for their Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant at Makhado post office came from out of town, some from as far away as 87 kilometres.

SASSA initially rejected 3 million applicants for thr R350 grant. After complaints, they then announced that they would be looking at rejected applications again as this number was too high. Curious about how exactly they do this and how long you have to apply for an appeal? Here's how. 

SASSA has paid out thousands of those who were first rejected from receiving the R350 grant. This came after many complained aabout being unfairly rejected to benefit from the grant which lead SASSA to investigate further. 

SASSA has paid out millions of South Africans with the R350 grant. However, is it enough? South Africans have been desperately gravelling for this grant as Covid-19 pushes vulnerable South Africans even deeper into their daily struggles. SASSA has said that they have improved their operations. 

SASSA is introducing payment method changes to the Covid-19 SRD Grant. This will make it easier for beneficiaries to receive their payments. Many complaints have come with the R350 grant SASSA offers and this is then seen as an effort to minimise difficulties with payments.

SASSA has launched a Recourse Mechanism which enables individuals, who were rejected from benefitting from the R350 grant, to have their application be considered again. 

The Department of Social Development is looking to introduce a Basic Income Grant to help support unemployed individuals in the country. 

Minister Lindiwe Zulu has announced that Sassa will be working to make up for previous exclusions and will now provide relief to asylum seekers in the form of their R350 Grant. 

SASSA is looking into giving those who were rejected for the R350 grant another chance. The agency has provided an update on this process and have also issued further directions. 

SASSA has been turning away disability grant applicants and telling them to rather apply for the R350 grant, according to Mail & Guardian. 

Many Sassa applicants and beneficiaries have relayed that there seems to be an issue in processing details from Identity Documents (IDs). Sassa has responded with what to do when this issue pops up. 


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