Sassa Begins Payment Of R350 Grant Appeal : The Department of Social Development (DSD) has voiced concern over the backlog of R350 grant appeal requests that have yet to be paid. Payments have now commenced, according to Sassa.
Despite continuing to pay out the current cycle of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) appears to be having trouble processing the backlog of appeal payments.
Sassa said on Wednesday that payments for R350 grant appeals are now officially beginning, following months of delays that began in August 2021.
According to Sassa:
The process has now ended and those who qualify will start receiving their payment this week. Check your bank notification for payment
Sassa has urged beneficiaries to not visit Post Offices to collect SRD grant payments and to instead go to one of the participating retail outlets such as PicknPay, Boxer, Checkers, Shoprite, or USave.
Previously, during a virtual parliamentary briefing by officials from the Department of Social Development (DSD) and Sassa regarding the new regulations on the payment of the Social Relief Distress (SRD) grant and other social grants, concerns were raised regarding the Department’s challenges relating to the processing of R350 grant appeal payments.
The DSD Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, told the Committee that Sassa approved 10.9 million SRD grant applications, with 1 million appeals still to be reviewed and paid out R30 billion in the previous cycle of the grant.
Zulu expressed her concern about the delays in resolving the appeals and promised the Committee that the department will work to speed up the process.
Linton Mchunu, Acting Director-General for the Development, stated that R350 grant applicants will be compensated back to the date on which they filed their appeal, depending on the circumstances of the appeal and if it is successful.
1) The R350 SRD Grant will now be paid under the Social Assistance Act, so everyone, including those who applied previously, should re-apply
2) Those previously approved, will still receive their money even after re-applying
3) Successful applicants will be paid from the month they applied
4) Once available, collect the R350 at Pick ’n Pay, Boxer, Shoprite, Checkers, U-save, or Post Office
5) Applications can be made on https://srd.sassa.gov.za