What Is The Difference Between A Sassa SRD Grant And A R350 Grant?

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant helps millions of vulnerable people purchase basic goods and services every month. SRD grants and R350 grants have often been confusing to South Africans, and Skills Portal now clarifies it.

In South Africa, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) distributes a variety of social grants to vulnerable individuals. Every month, Sassa distributes more than 18 million grants to beneficiaries. 

Who Receives Sassa Grants in South Africa?

The grants distributed by Sassa are available not only to South African citizens but also to permanent residents, asylum seekers, holders of special permits, refugees, and holders of the special Zimbabwean permit. 

Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants, Disability grants, War Veterans grants, Child Support grants, Grant-in-aid grants, Older Person grants, Foster care grants, and Care Dependency grants are among these grants. 

What Is The Difference Between A Sassa SRD Grant And A R350 Grant?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between the SRD grant and the R350 grant is? It has been asked several times to the Skills Portal team. 

Both grants are the same and have no difference. The two grants refer to the same grant that was introduced in South Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide social relief to unemployed individuals. 

The grant is officially known as the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The grant is commonly referred to as a R350 grant due to its monetary value or the amount of money beneficiaries of the grant receive on a monthly basis. 

The grant was introduced to assist people during the lockdowns, but the South African government has extended the relief mechanism and will continue to pay it until March 2024. The social assistance act provides citizens with the social relief mechanism. 

Who Qualifies For The SRD Grant/R350 Grant 

The SRD grant is available to unemployed residents of South Africa. The grant is open to South African citizens, asylum seekers, special permit holders, and refugees. 

The SRD grant is available to individuals between the ages of 18 and 59. Older individuals can receive the Older Persons grant, while those younger than 18 can receive the Child Support grant.

SRD Grant Beneficiaries must not receive any other assistance from the South African government. Therefore, they cannot receive UIF payments from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) or a bursary from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

SRD grant applicants cannot earn more than R624 per month, which is the current income threshold. For the R350 grant, income refers to the amount of money in an applicant’s bank account. A grant applicant who has more than R624 in their bank account will not be eligible for an R350 grant. 

Submitting SRD Grant Application

There are two ways to submit a grant application for SRD. An SRD grant application can be submitted online or via WhatsApp.

Grant applicants are required to provide their ID number when applying. The Department of Home Affairs will verify your citizenship using this ID number. 

When applying for the SRD grant, applicants must also provide a valid cell phone number. If your grant money is ready for collection, Sassa will send you a message to the cell phone number you provided. 

When applying for a grant, grant applicants are encouraged to provide their banking details. Sassa uses this information to verify that the grant applicant does not exceed the income threshold for the SRD grant. 

SRD Grant Screening Questionnaire and Providing Banking Details

A banking account number also allows Sassa to pay out grants directly to individuals if their grant applications are approved. 

SRD grant applicants may be required to complete a screening questionnaire. 

Applicants can track the progress of their SRD grant application by checking their SASSA status on the SRD grant website after applying for the grant. 

What Is A Sassa Status Check?

When grant applicant checks their Sassa status, they are checking if their application has been approved. Beneficiaries of the SRD grant check their status to see if their application has been approved or rejected by Sassa.

The SASSA SRD grant website allows individuals to Sassa status check online.

Find the section titled ‘Application status’ specifically for the SRD grant to conduct a Sassa status check. Click on the link that says ‘Click here to check online.’ Once you’re on the status check page, fill in your South African ID number and cell phone number. This will allow you to view the status of your SRD grant application.

SASSA Status Unsuccessful For R350 Grant?

Millions of people apply for the SRD grant every month, but not every application is approved by Sassa. There were more than 12 million applications for SRD grants in 2023, but only 7 million were approved, according to the Department of Social Development (DSD). 

There is no final decision made by Sassa regarding an SRD grant application. A SRD grant appeal application can be submitted by unsuccessful applicants. The Independent Tribunal For Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA) must hear this appeal. 

How To Submit A SRD Grant/R350 Grant Appeal

The first step in submitting an SRD grant appeal is to visit the SRD grant appeals website. The website will ask for the user’s ID number and cell phone number in order to process the appeal application.

A valid cell phone number is required because the ITSAA will send a One Time Pin (OTP) to this number. When prompted, enter this OTP. 

It will then be possible for appeal applicants to select a month in which their SRD grant application was rejected and submit an appeal for that month. Each month an appeal must be submitted by the applicant for the SRD grant they are appealing. 

Sassa SRD Appeals Timelines

Appeal applications for SRD grants must be submitted within 30 days of receiving the Sassa status of the unsuccessful application. 

Whenever you apply for Sassa grants, it’s a good idea to do a Status Check to make sure that they have not lost your application.

After the appeal application is submitted, applicants will receive the outcome within 60-90 days.

Grant appeals are decided by the ITSAA in the finality of its decision. Appeal applicants may, however, take their case to the high court for judicial review if they are dissatisfied with the decision. 

Within 180 days of receiving the ITSAA’s decision, an application for judicial review must be filed.

How To Contact Sassa For SRD Grant Enquiries

If you have any additional questions or need more information, please visit your Sassa page. Alternatively, you can contact Sassa directly by calling 080060 10 11 or by sending an email to [email protected], which is the SASSA grants email address. A serious concern can be escalated to Sassa’s headquarters. 

The Future Of The SRD Grant

Providing a permanent grant for SRD

More than seven million South Africans receive the SRD grant. However, the grant is scheduled to end in March 2024, leaving millions of vulnerable people without financial assistance. 

The SRD grant has been advocated for an extension beyond the March 2024 deadline by making it permanent. 

Increasing The Value Of The Grant

The SRD grant has routinely been requested to be made permanent and its monetary value increased. Due to inflation and rising living costs, grant beneficiaries are unable to purchase as much as they once could, even though the grant’s monetary value remains the same. 

It has been requested that beneficiaries of the SRD grant be increased to the Food Poverty Line. There is a R624 food poverty line in South Africa at the present time. 

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