The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced that applications for the Special Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant will soon be closing. The grant was introduced in April 2020 to assist those who have lost their income or employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant has been extended several times and was originally set to end in March 2022. However, the South African government has announced that the grant will be extended for another six months until September 2022. Despite this extension, applications for the grant are set to close soon.
What is the SRD R350 Grant?
The SRD R350 grant is a temporary measure introduced by the South African government to provide relief to those who have lost their income or employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is paid out in monthly installments of R350 and is intended to provide temporary relief to those who are struggling during these challenging times.
The grant has been a lifeline for many South Africans who are facing financial difficulties due to the pandemic. However, the grant has also been plagued by delays and reports of fraud and corruption.
When will the Applications Close?
SASSA has not yet announced the exact date on which applications for the SRD R350 grant will close. However, they have urged those who are eligible for the grant to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the opportunity.
How to Apply for the SRD R350 Grant
To apply for the SRD R350 grant, applicants must be unemployed or not receiving any other form of government assistance. Applicants must also be over the age of 18 and not have any form of income.
The application process can be done online via the SASSA website, via email, or via WhatsApp. Applicants will need to provide their personal details and any necessary documents, such as proof of unemployment or income.
What Happens After Applying?
After submitting an application, it will be reviewed by SASSA to ensure that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for the SRD R350 grant. If the application is successful, the applicant will receive an SMS or email with their payment details and the date on which they can collect their payment.
It is important to note that the payment advice must be presented at a designated payment point to receive the grant payment. Failure to do so within five days of the payment date will result in the grant being returned to SASSA.
The announcement that applications for the SRD R350 grant will soon be closing is a reminder that time is running out for those who are eligible for the grant. If you have lost your income or employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and meet the eligibility requirements for the grant, it is important to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this much-needed relief.
While the grant has faced its challenges, it has provided a lifeline to many South Africans during these challenging times. The extension of the grant until September 2022 provides some much-needed relief to those who are struggling. However, it is important for SASSA to address the delays and issues that have plagued the program to ensure that those who need the grant receive it in a timely and efficient manner.