SASSA is making further changes to the R350 grant

There are some big changes underway to the R350 grant provided by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). But what does this mean for the recipient?
SASSA’s R350 grant has been a lifeline for many South Africans during and after the pandemic. Millions of people have applied for the grant, which serves as a social assistance fund.

There have now been several fundamental changes in how the grant works, which will undoubtedly have an impact on the beneficiaries.

The Department of Social Development has published changes to the regulations governing the payment of the R350 grant, also known as the Social Distress Relief (SRD) grant in South Africa, which allows more people to qualify.

When the changes were first proposed in July, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu highlighted concerns about the high number of applications being rejected due to the low threshold.

Previously, an applicant earning or receiving more than R350 per month was disqualified and would no longer be considered a grant recipient.

But with this new modification, that barrier has been moved to R624, allowing more people to qualify.

Among the changed regulations is the rule that beneficiaries should indicate every 3 months (by answering questions) whether they are still eligible for the grant and still need it.

This rule no longer exists.

The rule regarding authentication has also changed. Previously, if the verification results obtained from the bank conflicted with the verification results obtained from data checks, then the bank’s results would be used to make the final decision to approve or reject the application.

This rule no longer applies. Instead, bank verification is not considered a major criterion for determining eligibility.

The value of the grant itself remains at R350 per person per month for the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

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