President Ramaphosa has announced that the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant of R350 will be extended. SASSA released a statement elaborating on the details of the extension, including details such as that any approved applicants do not need to re-apply.
The grant was passed after many calls from people who rely on the grant since it has either been very hard or even impossible, to find work during the pandemic.
The applications for the grant closed on 31 January, but will now be extended by three months. Applicants will not have to physically visit any SASSA offices as everything is done online. Further, applicants who have previously received the grant and therefore are in the system, will not need to re-apply.
If you are an applicant who previously used the post office to collect their grants are advised to set up bank accounts so that the grant can be directly transferred into the account. Otherwise, you could set up a money transfer to your cellphone. This solves issues such as long queues, waiting time, and social distancing. Once your bank account is set up, you can upload your details on the system using the SASSA SRD Grant portal.
Each applicant's case will be validated monthly, and if approved they will be paid.
If you were previously rejected, you can appeal your case on the SASSA COVID-19 portal here. If you have already filed for an appeal, you do not need to re-appeal.
SASSA has said that if you have been approved for the grant but have not yet received their payment by the end of January, they will still be paid the amount owed to them.