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Minister Announces SASSA SRD Grant Increase

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Minister Announces SASSA SRD Grant Increase

Minister Announces SASSA SRD Grant Increase. The Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, announced on Wednesday evening that the value of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will be increased in April. Beneficiaries will receive R370 from 1 April 2024, a R20 or 5.7% increase. Godongwana described the increase as crucial for upholding the basic rights of the people.

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Reaction To Grant Increases

Daddy Mabe, Secretary of Pay The Grants, criticized the R20 increase as offensive, arguing that inflation will erode its buying power. They advocate for an increase to R530, using the child support grant as a benchmark, or to be benchmarked against the Food Poverty Line, which is R760.

More About The SRD Grant

The SRD Grant is received by approximately nine million unemployed South Africans monthly and is the only grant specifically aimed at assisting unemployed adults. Introduced in 2020 to support those unable to find work due to lockdowns, it has been extended multiple times. The most recent extension allows beneficiaries to receive the grant until March 2025.

Future Improvements and Extension

During the 2024 budget speech, Godongwana announced that improvements to the SRD grant are underway and will be implemented by April 2024 within the current fiscal framework. Plans for the extension of the grant beyond March 2025 will be finalized in conjunction with social security policy reforms and funding sources.

Impact of The R350 Grant

President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the grant’s positive impact during the 2024 State of The Nation Address, stating that it not only provides immediate support but also acts as an investment in the future of recipients. He countered claims of fostering dependency, stating that the grants are investments in the people and their future.

Conclusion

The increase in the SRD grant reflects the government’s commitment to supporting vulnerable populations. While the R20 increase has been met with criticism, the government is working towards further improvements and extensions of the grant, recognizing its vital role in alleviating poverty and supporting the unemployed.

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Appeals For May 2024 SASSA Grants R370

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Appeals For May 2024 SASSA Grants R370

Appeals For May 2024 SASSA Grants R370. Every month, thousands of South Africans apply for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, provided by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). While many applications are successful, some are unfortunately rejected. If your application for the R370 Sassa grant for May 2024 has been turned down, don’t lose hope – you have the option to appeal.

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa)

distributes several permanent grants aimed at assisting financially vulnerable people living in South Africa. Grants include the Older Persons pension grant, Disability grant, War Veterans grant, Care Dependency grant, Foster Child grant, Child Support grant, Child Support grant Top-Up, and Grant-in-aid. Since 2020, Sassa has also provided the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to unemployed individuals.

The initial value for the SRD grant was R350 per month. In March 2024, the Finance Minister announced an increase, setting the value at R370 per month, effective since 1 April.

SRD grant applications are accepted monthly. Some R370 Sassa grant applications will be rejected, prompting Sassa to allow rejected applicants to submit a Sassa appeal.

The R370 SRD Grant

Initially set at R350 per month, the SRD grant saw an increase in March 2024, with its value now standing at R370 per month, effective from April 1.

Submitting an SRD Grant Appeal Application

If your application for the R370 Sassa grant has been rejected, you have the option to appeal. Follow these steps to lodge an appeal:

  1. Visit the SRD grant appeals Sassa website.
  2. Click on the green bar labeled ‘click here to lodge an appeal or check Sassa appeal status’.
  3. Enter your ID number and cellphone number.
  4. Click ‘send pin’ and wait for the verification pin to arrive via SMS.
  5. Enter the pin and click ‘submit’.
  6. Select the month you are appealing for and choose the reason for your appeal from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click ‘submit’.

Tracking Your Sassa SRD Grant Appeal Status

After submitting your appeal, it’s essential to track its status. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Sassa Appeals Website.
  2. Enter your ID number and telephone number.
  3. Click ‘track appeal’.

Alternatively, you can inquire about your appeal status by calling the Sassa Call Centre at 0800 601 011.

Don’t be disheartened if your initial application is rejected. By following the appeal process, you stand a chance of receiving the much-needed financial assistance provided by the R370 Sassa grant for May 2024. Stay informed and persistent throughout the process to ensure your appeal receives the attention it deserves.

Conclusion

The ability to appeal a rejected R370 SASSA grant application offers hope to those in need. By following the simple steps outlined, applicants can potentially secure the financial assistance they require, ensuring their well-being during challenging times.

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