The government of South Africa provides a Special Relief of Distress (SRD) grant (SRD 350) to unemployed individuals not receiving any form of income, UIF payment, or social grant during times of disaster. The grant is commonly known as SASSA R350 because the recipients, including asylum seekers and refugees, get R350 monthly for six months.
However, since the grant was introduced in May 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19, it has since been extended many times. To get this grant, there are different measures you should follow. Read on to learn how to fill out the SASSA R350 grant for a successful application.
SASSA R350 Grant Forms: How to Fill the Form
Many people often rush to fill out the SRD R350 form without reading the declaration and consent, but this is not recommended. First and foremost, you must read the declaration before legally agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined.
When you complete the form, you should know that providing false or misleading information is punishable by law. Misrepresenting your details can lead to the denial of your application. Therefore, you must provide accurate information to increase your chances of approval of the application.
When you submit your application, you will also authorize SASSA to verify your bank statements and other financial records. You should carefully check all the sections on the SRD R350 form to ensure that the details you enter are correct.
How Do I Fill Out a SASSA Consent Form?
It is critical to read the declaration carefully before you provide the mandatory consent. SASSA will not process an application without consent. You must provide personal information that can be verified and agree to the terms of the declaration.
When you fill out the form, you must indicate that you are a South African citizen, refugee, or permanent citizen currently living within the borders of South Africa. The information you provide must be registered on the Home Affairs database.
You also need to indicate that you are above 18 years and not receiving any form of income, UIF, or social grant. In short, you must ensure that the information you provide to SASSA is accurate, valid, and current.
It is vital to indicate that you have the right to access, correct, or delete your information and withdraw your consent when you see fit. However, if you are concerned about getting the SRD R350 grant, take your time to fill out the form and make sure all the details you provide are correct.
How to Appeal SASSA SRD Grant 2023?
If you applied for the Covid-19 SASSA SRD grant 2023 and your application was rejected, you can appeal the decision if you don’t agree with it. Make sure you file your appeal within 30 days of receiving the notice of denial of your SRD grant application. You should send your appeal to the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA), and you can do this by following the steps below.
- Double check if the information which you provided to SASSA and reflected on the SRD DSD Appeal Electronic Platform is correct and complete
- If necessary, correct and update your information.
- When you have updated your information, click “Save,” and you will be redirected to the SRD DSD website, where you can continue with the process of lodging your appeal.
- You need to confirm that you have read and accepted the terms in the declaration and consent documents.
- Click “Submit” when done, and you will get a confirmation message.
- The independent tribunal will inform you about the outcome of the appeal within 60 to 90 days from the date of lodging the appeal.
If you want further assistance, contact the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA) by post on Private Bag x901, Pretoria, 0001, or telephone at 012 312 7727. You can send an email to email@example.com or fax it to 086 534 3124 and 086 216 371.
How to Reapply for R350 Grant
The SRD grant recipients were advised to re-apply before the end of April 2022, and here is how they were supposed to do it. All SASSA applications were supposed to be submitted online, and applicants were supposed to meet the following conditions:
- South African citizens, refugees, asylum seekers, permanent residents, or holders of special permits
- Unemployed persons
- Between 18 and 60 years
- Have no source of income
The entire application process should be online. SASSA has since indicated that the clients do not need to apply every month but check the website to answer a few questions if they are still interested in getting the grant.
Will SRD Grant Continue After March 2023?
The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant is also called the R350 grant. It is expected to be extended up to the end of March 2024. According to the Finance Minister, the government is committed to continuing to assist the vulnerable members of society until an option to replace the grant is found.
The SRD grant was established in May 2020 following the Covid-19 induced lockdown. It was a temporary measure to cushion the vulnerable people, but it has since been extended several times. Discussions on the future status of the grant are still ongoing, so the current beneficiaries will get an update if there are new changes.
The SRD grant is expected to continue growing according to the treasury, which can have an impact on the public purse. However, the beneficiaries will continue getting the grant in 2023 until an appropriate replacement is found. Applicants can submit their online applications via the SASSA website.
The SRD grant is meant to cushion the vulnerable members of society during times of disaster, like the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you want to file your application for the grant, make sure you carefully read the forms and provide all the required documents. You can appeal the decision within 30 days if your application is rejected. All applications and appeals are done online.
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