As of May 2023, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is still providing the SRD R350 grant to eligible applicants.
This grant was introduced in 2020 as a temporary relief measure for unemployed South Africans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and has since been extended multiple times. Here are the latest updates on the SRD R350 grant:
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Application process: The application process for the SRD R350 grant remains the same. Applicants can apply via the following methods:
- WhatsApp: Send a message to 082 046 8553 with the word “SRD” followed by your ID number and the hashtag symbol (#). Example: SRD 1234567890123#
- Online: Visit the SASSA website (https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/auth) and follow the instructions to complete the online application.
- Email: Send an email to [email protected] with your full name, ID number, and contact details.
- USSD: Dial 1347737# and follow the prompts.
Eligibility criteria: To qualify for the SRD R350 grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee registered on the Home Affairs database
- Be between the ages of 18 and 59 years old
- Not be receiving any other form of income or social grant
- Not be receiving any Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits
- Not be a beneficiary of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) or any other government-funded financial aid
- Not be living in a government-funded or subsidized institution
Payment schedule: The payment schedule for the SRD R350 grant remains the same. Payments are made every two months, and applicants who are approved for the grant will receive payments for the following months:
- May and June
- July and August
- September and October
- November and December
Applicants are advised to ensure that their contact details are up-to-date to ensure that they receive their payments on time.
Challenges and complaints: There have been some challenges and complaints regarding the SRD R350 grant. One of the main challenges has been delays in the processing of applications and payments. SASSA has acknowledged these challenges and has urged applicants to be patient while their applications are being processed.
Another challenge has been the verification of applicants’ information. SASSA has implemented various measures to verify the information provided by applicants, including cross-referencing with other government databases. However, some applicants have reported that their applications were rejected due to incorrect or incomplete information, even though they believed that they met the eligibility criteria.
Applicants who have any complaints or challenges with their SRD R350 grant applications or payments are advised to contact SASSA via the following channels:
- Call the SASSA toll-free helpline on 0800 60 10 11
- Send an email to [email protected]
- Visit their nearest SASSA office
Future of the SRD R350 grant: It is unclear whether the SRD R350 grant will be extended beyond December 2023. The South African government has indicated that it is considering various options for providing social relief to unemployed and vulnerable South Africans beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. However, no official announcements have been made regarding the future of the SRD R350 grant.
In conclusion, the SRD R350 grant is still available to eligible applicants as of May 2023. The application process, eligibility criteria, and payment schedule remain the same. However, there have been some challenges and complaints regarding delays in processing applications and payments, as well as the verification of applicants’ information. Applicants who have any complaints or challenges with their SRD