The Department of Social Development has made an announcement that recipients of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant can reapply for the assistance as it will now be paid out under a new legislative framework.
The New Framework For Sassa R350 Grants
The new rules come after President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the SASSA R350 grant by a further year until March 2023 in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February.
President Ramaphosa has noted that the grant was being extended “to ensure no person in his country has to feel the pain and indignity of hunger.
The National State of Disaster, which facilitated the SRD grant, came to an end in April 2022. However, the Department of Social Development has been working on a regulatory framework for the grants’ payment since Ramaphosa made an announcement about the extension.
“The Department put out regulations for public comment in February 2022 and has now concluded the process.
“The final steps such as obtaining the required concurrence and certification from the relevant Departments has now been concluded, and the Minister of Social Development has published the regulation through proclamation in the government gazette, notice 2042 of 2022 on Friday 22 April 2022,” said the Department.
R350 SRD Grants Applications Opened From 23 April
The SASSA R350 grant’s new legislative framework comes with extra qualifying and assessment criteria, which is why recipients have to reapply even if they’ve previously benefitted.
“Fortunately, the entire application system remains a purely digital process, thereby enabling quick access and turnaround times,” said the department.
How To Apply for the R350 Grant
- Beneficiaries can reapply or submit their applications via the SASSA SRD website – https://srd.sassa.gov.za.
- More application channels will be revealed once approved.
- The department said applicants will be considered for the SASSA R350 grant from the month in which the application is made and to be validated monthly.
What this means is that all applications lodged in April will be considered from April 2022.
How to check your Sassa R350 Grant status
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has made it quite easy for applicants of the R350 Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to track their application by providing them with their application status online.
Here is a step by step process on How To Check Your Status Online
- Go to the SASSA SRD grant website
- Scroll down to ‘Application status’
- Click on ‘Click here to check online’
- Fill in the required fields
- You should then be able to see the status of your R350 grant application
This way applicants can check to see if they have been approved for the grant or whether they do not qualify or should lodge an appeal if they feel like their application has been denied for a reason that they believe is not fair.
See how easy it is. If you’ve applied for the R350 SRD grant from SASSA and you were unsure how to check your application status online, we hope this article has helped you.