The January SRD Grant is Now Being Paid. Millions of financially vulnerable adults who have applied for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant can expect payments in the next few days. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has officially confirmed the payment dates for both January and February.
SASSA SRD Grant Payments For January
The distribution of Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant payments for January 2024 has commenced. Sassa has initiated the process of disbursing grant payments exclusively to individuals whose R350 grant applications were approved for the first month of 2024.
Payment Schedule and Duration
Starting on Thursday, January 25, 2024, Sassa will begin paying January SRD grants and will continue disbursing grants to approved applicants until January 31, 2024. It’s important to note that while the scheduled processing occurs within these dates, beneficiaries may observe the funds in their bank accounts a few days later, typically within 2 – 3 working days.
Explanation for End-of-Month Payments
Sassa sheds light on the reason SRD grant payments are made at the end of the month. The agency explains that payments are scheduled in the final week because this is when the verification process is likely to be completed.
Qualification Criteria for SRD Grant
To be eligible for the SRD grant in South Africa, applicants must meet specific criteria. They should be citizens, residents, or special permit holders without receiving other government support like UIF benefits or NSFAS bursaries. Additionally, their bank account should have a balance below R624 to qualify for the R350 grant.
Verification Process and Payment Approval
Sassa conducts 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. Once the verification process is complete, Sassa proceeds with grant payments only when satisfied that the applicant meets all eligibility requirements.
Checking the Status of SRD Grant Application
Sassa encourages grant beneficiaries to perform a status check to determine when their SRD grant will be paid. In case of rejection, applicants can submit a grant appeal to the Independent Tribunal For Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA).
Extended Impact of the SRD Grant
Originally intended as a short-term temporary grant during lockdowns, the SRD grant has proven vital to individuals without income. President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted its impact in keeping millions out of poverty, leading to Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s announcement of a 12-month extension. Originally set to conclude in March 2024, the extension means eligible individuals will continue receiving grants until March 2025.