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Good news for SASSA beneficiaries this month

Starting today (Thursday 25 April) SASSA SRD beneficiaries will receive an increase in monthly grants, as stipulated by the Finance Minister.

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This week marks good news for SASSA SRD beneficiaries. Starting from today (Thursday 25 April 2024) and running till Monday 29 April 2024, SASSA SRD beneficiaries will receive an increase in their monthly grants. As stipulated by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana after the February 2024 budget speech, SASSA SRD beneficiaries will received R20 extra, pushing their Social Relief of Distress Grant to R370 from April 2024 onwards. This follows the South African Social Security Agency increase of grants across the board this month.

INCREASE FOR SASSA SRD BENEFICIARIES

SASSA Social Relief of Distress beneficiaries will enjoy an additional R20 this month. Image: File

The R20 increase for cash-strapped SASSA SRD beneficiaries is the first since the grant’s introduction during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. While any amount of money is welcome to the millions of South Africans battling to make ends meet in the informal economy, civil rights organisations say it’s still not enough.

The cost of living and rising inflation in Mzansi is comfortably outpacing salary and grant increases. Simply put, this means your Rands and cents are worth less and less each month. This is why civil society argues the agency should reject the National Treasury’s meagre increases for SASSA SRD beneficiaries and demand more. If the African National Congress (ANC) truly values its ‘pro-poor policies’ it would increase SRD by R90R440 per month to the 8.5-million SASSA SRD beneficiaries would account for inflation, say the organisations.

HOW TO CLAIM SRD   

Every Rand and cent counts against the rising cost of living. Image: File

Nevertheless, if you would like to put yourself in line to become one of the millions of SASSA SRD beneficiaries, here’s what you do:

  • Visit the SRD portal HERE.
  • Input your cell phone number and click Send SMS.
  • Enter the 6-digit OTP number sent to your phone and click Verify Pin.
  • Submit your South African ID number or Special Permit Number.
  • Provide personal details to get onto the system – Name, Surname, Address, and Gender.
  • Enter your banking details – Bank Name, Branch, Account Type, and Number)
  • Alternatively, you may select the payment option Send Cash.
  • The Department of Home Affairs will verify your details on its database, upon which you will receive confirmation on your cell phone that your SASSA SRD grant is active.

CHECK YOUR STATUS

Thankfully all SASSA SRD applications can be conducted on a smartphone. Image: File

SASSA SRD beneficiaries must check their status each month:

  • Go to the official SASSA Status Check portal. 
  • Enter your South African ID in the ID Number section.
  • Type in the cell phone number you used to submit your grant application.
  • Click on Check Now to submit.
  • Check every month if your grant has been approved.
  • Grant collection dates for the upcoming month of May will be updated shortly.

CONTACT SASSA

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If you’re having any issues, you can contact SASSA through the following means:

  • WhatsApp SASSA on 082 046 8553.
  • Email: srd@sassa.gov.za
  • Dial 080 060 1011 with a SASSA-linked phone number.