Minister Lindiwe Zulu briefed the media in the beginning of August after the President announced the re-introduction of the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.
Amongst other things mentioned the Minister pointed out why members of the public need to re-apply even if you previously received the grant:
- Firstly, that people’s circumstances may have changed over time;
- Secondly, in order to confirm clients’ personal details, and assess their income and financial status;
- Thirdly, applicants need to accept the declaration and consent, which has been strengthened to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA); and
- In order to access or to have the application reconsidered for the Social Relief of Distress Grant, an applicant must grant consent for SASSA to verify his or her identity, residency, income or social security benefits with any other institution deemed necessary by SASSA.
She also said “With respect to the previous Special COVID-19 SRD grant benefits paid during the period from 01 May 2020 – 30 April 2021 –
- Outstanding payments are in the region of 45 414 (transactions) from applicants whose applications were approved but not paid because they could not be traced or they did not contact SASSA to update their personal details;
- A total of 571 724 grants which have been approved remain uncollected from the post office and I urge all applicants who have not received or claimed their grants to urgently contact SASSA, as they will only have until 31 August 2021 to make enquiries in respect of the previous grant from May 2020 to April 2021. I also wish to urge those who have not withdrawn their payments to do so before 31 August 2021. After 31 August we will not be able to consider any enquiries relating to the previous grant.
- Any applicant whose application was approved but not paid because the applicant could not be traced or the applicant did not contact SASSA to update his or her personal details, shall forfeit the money to the State after 31 August 2021 and such applicant shall not be able to lodge any claim against the State.”
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