Successful applicants who have requested that their rejected Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant applications be reconsidered have until the end of the week to start paying, according to the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa). < /span>
After months of delays and a backlash over missing payments, Sassa announced the wait is over and millions of approved applicants will receive their grants.
In a statement, the agency said the delays were due to review and verification processes.
< span>“Sassa has been engaged in re-examination of Covid-19 SRD grant applications for some time, which has caused much dissatisfaction.
“After months of processing appeals, review – and verification processes, approximately 750,000 applicants have been paid and we expect payments to increase to more than a million by the end of the week.”
How will payments work?
Sassa said payments made during the week are specific to appeals for reconsideration for the August 2021 through November 2021 period.
“We encourage customers to provide Sassa with their bank account details so that we can fund their own accounts. Details update notifications have been sent to customers whose reconsideration appeals have been approved but their bank account details are pending.”
What is the budget for the Grant?
Under the Social Welfare Act, R44 billion has been set aside to pay eligible beneficiaries.
To this to achieve this, Sassa said it has implemented means testing not just for appeals, but for all applicants.
“This requires Sassa to follow a similar income verification process implemented in people’s bank accounts. This previously only happened to those who appealed. We have now implemented this for all Covid-19 SRD grant applications.
“This required an extensive sourcing and systems development process, including partnering with some of the key banks. Due to the challenges of setting up this system, we have had a backlog, not only of reconsideration requests, but also of assessments for new requests from April 2022 onwards,” said Sassa.
< strong >Where can I collect my grant?
Beneficiaries are advised not to go to post offices to access their funds.
Those who have chosen to receive their funds at SA Post Office branches are asked towww.srd.sassa.gov.za and select an option to collect grants from Checkers, Usave, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, and Boxer stores.
“Customers must show their ID and have their mobile phone, which they registered when applying for the grant, since the OTP number will be sent to that registered number,” the agency said.
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