Millions of South Africans who have applied for the Special Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant are still waiting for their payments to be processed and received. This grant was introduced by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in April 2020 to assist those who have lost their income or employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant was initially supposed to end in March 2022 but has recently been extended for another six months until September 2022. Despite the extension, many applicants are still experiencing long delays in receiving their payments, with some waiting for several months.
SASSA has stated that they are working to address the delays and ensure that eligible applicants receive their payments as soon as possible. However, many South Africans are frustrated and worried about the continued delays, with some relying on the grant as their only source of income.
The Impact of Delayed Payments
The delayed payments are having a significant impact on the lives of many South Africans, with some struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families. This has led to a rise in poverty and an increase in the number of people relying on food parcels and other forms of assistance.
The delays have also caused frustration and anxiety among applicants, with many feeling that their applications are not being given the attention they deserve. Some have reported difficulties in contacting SASSA and receiving accurate information on the status of their applications.
SASSA has acknowledged the delays and the impact they are having on applicants. They have stated that they are working to streamline the payment process and ensure that eligible applicants receive their payments as soon as possible.
SASSA has also encouraged applicants to check the status of their applications online or via the SASSA call center. They have stated that applicants who have been approved for the grant will receive an SMS or email with their payment details and the date on which they can collect their payment.
The delayed payments of the SASSA SRD R350 grant are causing significant hardship for millions of South Africans who are struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. While SASSA has acknowledged the delays and is working to address them, the impact on the lives of applicants cannot be understated.
As the pandemic continues to affect the lives and livelihoods of South Africans, it is crucial that SASSA continues to prioritize the timely processing and payment of the SRD R350 grant. This will not only provide much-needed relief to those who are struggling but also help to reduce the impact of poverty on individuals and communities across the country.