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SRD Grants For SASSA Will Increase In April

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SRD Grants For SASSA Will Increase In April

SRD Grants For SASSA Will Increase In April. Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, revealed that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, known as the R350 grant, will be boosted to R370 starting April 1, 2024. This 5.7% hike comes after persistent calls for an increase from various groups.

On Wednesday evening, during a National Assembly sitting, Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, officially announced that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will increase the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. However, civil society organisations have said that the increase announced is not enough, after months of calling for an SRD grant increase.

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Government Response

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced the increase during a National Assembly sitting, emphasizing it as part of the government’s commitment to realizing the basic rights of citizens. President Cyril Ramaphosa also highlighted plans to extend and improve the SRD grant, with provisional allocations provided for 2025/26 and 2026/27.

Criticism and Future Plans

Despite the increase, some, like Daddy Mabe from #PayTheGrants, argue that the grant should be raised to R530, considering inflation and the Food Poverty Line benchmark of R760. Ramaphosa sees the SRD grant as a stepping stone towards a universal basic income grant, aiming to provide better income support for the unemployed.

Conclusion

while the increase is a step forward, ongoing advocacy and government action are crucial to ensure that the SRD grant continues to provide meaningful support to those in need.

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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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