SRD Grant Payment Schedule and Updates For December 2023. The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant serves as a crucial source of financial support for unemployed individuals in South Africa. Administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), this grant plays a pivotal role in assisting millions of eligible beneficiaries.
In this article, we provide an overview of the SRD grant payment schedule and updates for December and important information regarding eligibility and distribution methods.
Funding for the SRD Grant
Sassa has allocated a substantial budget of R36 billion for the implementation of the SRD grant, ensuring financial assistance for unemployed South Africans until March 31, 2024.
Currently, the SRD grant is benefiting approximately 8 million individuals. Eligibility for this grant is determined through a Sassa Status Check to verify compliance with the criteria.
SRD Grant Sassa Payment Dates For December
For the month of December, Sassa has established payment dates for the disbursement of SRD grants. Beneficiaries can expect payments to be made between
- December 18, 2023
- December 22, 2023
Please note that it may take 2-3 working days for the R350 grants to reflect in beneficiaries’ bank accounts after Sassa processes the payments. To ensure timely access to funds, beneficiaries are encouraged to check their payment status on the SRD website, which will provide the exact deposit date in their bank accounts.
Beneficiaries, whether permanent grant recipients or SRD beneficiaries, have the option to receive their grants directly into their bank accounts. This method offers flexibility, allowing beneficiaries to withdraw funds at their convenience once Sassa initiates the payment.
Sassa grants are also accessible through various selected retailers across the country. This broad geographical coverage includes retailers like Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer stores, Usave stores, and Checkers, making it convenient for beneficiaries to access their grants locally.
Mobile Cash Pay Points
Mobile cash pay points provide an additional option for beneficiaries to collect their grants. However, this method has limited flexibility, as grant recipients can only collect their payments during specific hours within a designated payment cycle.
SRD Grant Increase
Despite calls for an increase in the SRD grant, it has not seen any adjustments since its inception due to “fiscal constraints” according to the Department of Social Development (DSD). While the DSD proposed an increase, ongoing fiscal limitations have hindered its implementation.
To qualify for the SRD grant, applicants must meet specific requirements, including:
- Being a South African citizen.
- Residing within the country’s borders.
- Being unemployed.
- Permanent residents and special permit holders are also eligible.
- Beneficiaries of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) are not eligible.
- Individuals should not receive financial support from any state institution.
Furthermore, SRD grant applicants must not have a bank account balance exceeding R624, as this would result in the rejection of their application.