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R350 Grant Payments Commencing for January

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R350 Grant Payments Commencing for January

R350 Grant Payments Commencing for January. More than seven million individuals are set to receive their R350 grant payments in the upcoming days, as announced by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Here are the key details regarding the distribution of Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant payments for January 2024:

SASSA R350 Payment Dates

Sassa has initiated the distribution of SRD grant payments for January 2024. The payments, amounting to R350, will be disbursed to individuals whose grant applications were approved for the first month of the year. The payment schedule is as follows:

  • Payment Start Date: 25 January 2024
  • Payment End Date: 31 January 2024

Reason for Month-End Payments

SRD grant payments are uniquely scheduled for the final week of the month, contrasting with other Sassa grants disbursed at the beginning. The reasoning behind this timing is rooted in the agency’s verification process, which is expected to conclude by the end of the month.

Processing Time and Eligibility Criteria

While payments are scheduled within the specified dates, it’s essential to note that funds may take 2 – 3 working days to reflect in the beneficiary’s bank account after processing. To be eligible for the R350 grant, applicants must meet specific criteria, including being South African citizens, permanent residents, or special permit holders, and not receiving other government support.

Verification Process

Sassa conducts rigorous verification, collaborating with the Department of Home Affairs for identity and citizenship checks, and sharing bank details with the Department of Treasury for income verification. The verification process duration varies, and only when Sassa is satisfied with the applicant’s eligibility, grants are disbursed.

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Checking Application Status and Appeals

Sassa encourages grant beneficiaries to perform a status check to confirm approval. If an application is rejected, applicants can submit an appeal to the Independent Tribunal For Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA).

Extension and Significance of SRD Grant

Originally designed as a short-term grant for the unemployed during lockdowns, the SRD grant’s significance has led to its extension. President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted its role in preventing millions from falling into poverty. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s announcement confirms an additional 12-month extension, with payments continuing until March 2025.

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