R350 SRD grant has ended, but approved applications will be paid – SASSA

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The SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) has reminded R350 SRD grant beneficiaries that the grant is coming to an end on Friday, 30 April 2021.

In a statement on Thursday, SASSA said it will not accept any new applications after this date.

“However, all applications which have been approved and who have not yet received the money will still be paid,” it added.

The government introduced the SRD (social relief of distress) grant in April last year to help cushion society’s most vulnerable from the impact of COVID-19.

Although it was initially meant to last for six months, the government has extended it twice following appeals from various political parties and civil society organisations.

R350 SRD grant appeal deadline

In its statement, SASSA said applicants whose R350 SRD grant applications were denied can still lodge an appeal by visiting at https://SRD.sassa.gov.za before the 31 May deadline.

Once on the SRD website, an applicant needs to click the link below “Application for reconsideration” sub-heading and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you can visit the appeal page directly here.

The latest appeals are for those whose applications were declined for the period from February to March 2021.

“If you do not appeal, the declined application will not be reconsidered. The appeal period closes on 31 May 2021. No appeals will be considered after this date,” SASSA said.

Calls for SRD extension

Meanwhile, civil society groups have continued making calls for the government to extend the SRD grant until there is a Basic Income Grant (BIG) in place.

The groups, led by Black Sash, launched a petition earlier this month calling for the grant to be increased from R350 to R585 per month.

The petition is addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

“Millions of our people live in fear that the SRD grant won’t be renewed. This is unacceptable,” it states.

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