If you had not yet claimed your approved R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grants from the first cycle, you have another opportunity to claim them before 30 November 2021.
This is according to the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA), which announced the new deadline via a media release on Tuesday (19 October). The previous deadline was 31 August 2021.
Unclaimed SRD payments at Post Office
“Approved applicants of the special COVID-19 SRD grant, whose unclaimed funds from the first round of the grant were to be forfeited on 31 August 2021, can still collect their unclaimed funds at the Post Office,” SASSA said.
“The Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu made this important development possible through the recently published Ministerial Directions. The affected beneficiaries have until 30 November 2021 to collect their unclaimed funds. Payments not withdrawn by any beneficiary by end of November 2021 will be forfeited to the State to fund other government priorities.”
SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula described the decision as an “early Christmas” for the affected beneficiaries and expressed appreciation to Zulu.
“We also acknowledge that this special grant goes a long way in assisting the most vulnerable in society. Therefore we urge approved clients who have unclaimed funds from the previous cycle to collect them as soon as possible,” she added.
Where to check if you have unclaimed SRD grants
In August, SASSA announced that it had published a list of people who had not claimed their approved R350 SRD grants from the first cycle, which ran from May 2020 until April this year. The second cycle started in August.
You can check the list published on SASSA’s website here. It is in an Excel document and is arranged according to the different provinces. It contains thousands of names arranged alphabetically for each province.
In case your name appears on the list, you can collect your grants at your nearest Post Office branch. There are more than 1,400 SAPO branches across South Africa.
“If you have outstanding COVID-19 social relief grant payments to be collected at a Post Office, you can select the SAPO branch where you want to collect,” the Agency said at the time.
Beneficiaries can also schedule their collection online by visiting the SASSA website here.
They will need to provide their ID number and cellphone number they used to make the application.