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Social Relief Grant Applicants In South Africa Urged To Be Patient Whilst Their Denied Applications Are Reviewed

07 July 2020

Photograph: AA

The Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350 per month was first introduced to South Africans when the nation’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a national state of emergency due to the coronavirus.

The R350 grant that was introduced was to be paid to applicants who are currently unemployed and do not receive any form of income, social grant, UIF payment, or a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Unfortunately, the system put in place by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa affected
millions of South Africans last month when it rejected 50% of applicants. According to the CEO of the Social Security Agency, Totsie Memela, many applications were rejected due to applicants having had already registered for the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Applicants for the grant were encouraged to contact the Department of Employment and Labour to apply for UIF or follow up with their applications.

During the previous week, South Africa’s Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu announced that SASSA would be reviewing its declined applications.

It could be safe to say that the appeal process will be for SASSA to get its operations in order given the SRD system has failed applicants on several occasions. The system has gone down multiple times before finally denying applicants. According to Zulu, “A majority of the applicants that were rejected by SASSA because they were under the UIF do qualify for the R350 grant.”

Currently, 2.7 million applications have been approved. Be that as it may, however, the system continues to devastate millions of South Africans that had previously been rejected and have now been approved, as they’re still failing to submit their banking details via the link that was provided to them by SASSA.

For many applicants, SASSA’s SRD website continues to crash.

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