- South Africans who are currently receiving the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant will have to reapply for it
- Due to the lifting of the state of disaster in April and the extension of the grant, a new framework has been developed
- The new framework will introduce new criteria and assessments in order to qualify,which means that South Africans will have to reapply for the grant
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JOHANNESBURG - South Africans who are currently receiving the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant have been told that they would have to reapply for it following an announcement made by the department of social development on Friday.
The department said that the extension of the Covid-19 SRD grant from April 2022 until March 2022. However, the state of disaster was lifted in April. The department has said that it would need to create a framework for continued payment of the scheme.
As a result, new qualifying criteria would be added and those who wish to continue receiving the grant will have to reapply for it, according to TimesLIVE.
eNCA reported that the department would hold a press briefing soon to clarify details about the implementation of the grant.
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SASSA asks SA to be patient, new R350 grant applications will not be processed
Earlier, Briefly News reported that South Africans who are currently waiting for a response on the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant might have to wait a little longer than normal to find out if they are approved.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi, says the department will not be reviewing new SRD applications at the moment.
Letsatsi says new applications will be processed after the amendment of the Covid19 regulations. The grant was first introduced in 2020 under the Disaster Management Act to help South Africans who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
SASSA aid increased for KZN victims, social services determines those allegeable
In similar news, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) increased its flood relief grant from R700 to R1 980 for food vouchers that will assist those in KwaZulu-Natal. Through the Social relief of distress (SRD) programme families will receive vouchers valued at R1 200.
In cases where life has been lost, the agency will make two payments of R1,980 coming to one payment of R3 950 either in food vouchers or cash. Sassa will also provide school uniforms to learners who lost their belongings in the floods. Girls will receive R2 700 while boys will receive R2 500.
The agency said that the victims of the floods will receive the vouchers every month and it is expected to help create normality in their lives. Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, together with Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, conducted visits to families affected by the floods throughout the week, according to TimesLIVE.
Source: Briefly News