R350 Grant Payments For November Initiated By SASSA. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has commenced the distribution of Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant payments for November 2023. Approved applicants are set to receive their R350 grant payments during this period.
R350 Grant Payment Schedule and Process
Sassa is scheduled to disburse R350 grants on Friday, 24 November 2023, with the distribution continuing until 30 November 2023. Unlike other Sassa grants paid at the beginning of the month, SRD grant payments occur at the end due to the anticipated completion of the verification process by that time.
While the processing of grant payments is slated for these dates, beneficiaries should be aware that the funds may only reflect in their bank accounts a few days later, typically within 2-3 working days after the payment processing.
R350 Grant Payments Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the R350 grant in South Africa, applicants must meet specific criteria. They need to be South African citizens, permanent residents, or special permit holders, and should not be recipients of other government support, such as UIF benefits or NSFAS bursaries. Additionally, their bank account balance should be less than R624 to qualify for the R350 grant.
R350 Grant Payments Verification Process
Sassa conducts thorough applicant verification through collaborations with the Department of Home Affairs for identity and citizenship checks. Bank details are shared with the Department of Treasury for income verification. The duration of the bank verification process varies, and once completed, the verified information is handed over to Sassa for grant payment.
Grant payments are initiated only when Sassa is satisfied that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements. Due to the time-consuming nature of these verification checks, grants are disbursed at the end of the month.
R350 Grant Payments Application Status Check and Appeal Process
Sassa encourages grant beneficiaries to perform a status check to confirm the approval of their grant application. If an SRD Sassa application is rejected, applicants have the option to submit an SRD grant appeal to the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA).
Extension of the SRD Grant
Initially designed as a short-term temporary grant for unemployed individuals during lockdowns, the SRD grant has proven significant for those without any income. President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted its role in preventing millions from falling into poverty, despite its relatively small value. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s announcement of an extension means that the SRD Grant will be available for an additional 12 months, with payments continuing until March 2025.