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Is The SRD Grant Increase Enough?

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Is The SRD Grant Increase Enough?

Is The SRD Grant Increase Enough?. Millions of vulnerable people rely on the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The news of the grant increase has come as a welcomed development for the individuals who rely on it.

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Announcement of Increase

The announcement of an increase in the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant from R350 to R370 in April 2024 brings some relief to millions of grant beneficiaries. However, stakeholders argue that for the grant to effectively address hunger and poverty, more substantial improvements are imperative.

Proposal To Improve The SRD Grant

The Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), in collaboration with PayTheGrants, has been actively engaged in advocating for improvements to the SRD grant. While the recent increase is acknowledged, it falls short of the necessary measures needed to make a significant impact.

Immediate Adjustment

The IEJ’s initial proposal advocates for a substantial increase of R180, elevating the SRD grant to R530 monthly. This adjustment aims to counter inflationary effects from 2020 and to restore the grant’s real value, aligning it more closely with the Child Support Grant (CSG).

Benchmarking to FPL

In the subsequent phase, scheduled for the 2024/2025 financial year, the IEJ proposes benchmarking both the SRD Grant and CSG to the Food Poverty Line (FPL), currently set at R760. Despite acknowledging the considerable investment required, the IEJ underscores the pivotal role such measures play in addressing poverty and hunger and improving socio-economic conditions.

Warning Against Inaction

The IEJ warns against the repercussions of maintaining the status quo, stressing that the cost of inaction extends beyond financial considerations. It highlights the adverse effects on citizens’ well-being, governmental resources, and societal stability.

Conclusion

While the recent increase in the SRD grant is a step forward, it is evident that further adjustments are necessary to meet the pressing needs of vulnerable populations. The proposals set forth by stakeholders offer a comprehensive framework for enhancing the efficacy of social assistance programmes, ultimately striving towards a more equitable and sustainable society.

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SASSA SRD Grants Approved Without Payout Date

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SASSA SRD Grants Approved Without Payout Date

SASSA SRD Grants Approved Without Payout Date. Millions of people have been approved for a R370 grant payment this month. However, not all of those approved for an SRD grant payment have a payment date.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has revised why approved Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant beneficiaries do not have a payment date. Not having an SRD grant payment date essentially means they will not receive their R370 grant payment.

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Reasons for Missing Payment Dates

Sassa said two main reasons could be behind beneficiaries not having a pay date. This includes incorrect or outdated information.

Missing or Incomplete Banking Information

SASSA grant applicants who haven’t provided any banking details on the SASSA SRD website will not be included in the scheduled payments.

Beneficiaries can rectify this by taking immediate action and updating their bank details on the website.

Postbank Account Request

Previously, Sassa offered to open Postbank accounts for beneficiaries. However, this service is no longer available.

SRD grant applicants who requested this option are advised to either open an account with Postbank themselves and update SASSA with the new details or open an account with a different bank and provide those details to Sassa for SASSA  payment processing.

Cash Send Payment Issues

Beneficiaries who opted for cash send/mobile money payouts and haven’t received their grant might be facing a verification challenge.

SASSA requires beneficiaries’ ID numbers and cellphone numbers to match. Not providing a valid cellphone number will result in delayed R370 grant payments. Beneficiaries are encouraged to provide alternative banking details to facilitate a smooth transfer of the grant amount.

Still No Pay Date For SRD Grant?

Beneficiaries who are approved but haven’t received a payment date and fall outside of the categories mentioned above are encouraged to contact the Sassa Customer Care Call Centre at 0800 60 10 11 for further assistance and investigation.

Conclusion

While the approval of the SRD grant brings relief to many individuals and families in need, the absence of a payment date can be concerning. By understanding the reasons behind this issue and taking proactive steps to update information or seek assistance from Sassa.

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