In today’s most recent SASSA Grant news we will discuss Appeal for an SRD Grant. So read on! Since many of you have been asking questions about How often Should I Submit an Appeal for an SRD Grant?, we have decided to write this post to shed more light on your inquiries
Have you been denied a Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant? What to do following may be on your mind. You will be required to submit an appeal at the following times.
The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was created by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to assist unemployed adults over the age of 18 who were in dire need of financial assistance. The grant was put into place at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic because people were unable to find employment at that time.
Requirements For SRD Grant Appeal
Applicants who receive a status of declined or rejected application may challenge the judgment. For each month that they were turned down, they are allowed to file an appeal. Those who are unemployed and meet the requirements for the grant are encouraged to apply.
Those who fit the following criteria can apply for the Covid-19 grant:
- requires a monthly income of R624 or less.
- Be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of South Africa, a refugee, the owner of a special permit issued under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit Dispensation, the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation, or an asylum seeker with a current section 22 permit or visa.
- within the age range of 18 and 59.
- live within South Africa’s borders.
- being listed in the Sassa social grant database or the Home Affairs database for people without IDs
not residing in a government-run or publicly funded institution.
- Not receiving any National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFS) or Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits, or any other Sassa-distributed social grants.
SRD Grant Appeal Review Process
Since Sassa reevaluates and pays the SRD grant on a monthly basis, an appeal must be filed in relation to each month where the application was denied to confirm that the beneficiary still qualifies for the grant.
The Minister of Social Development has chosen individuals to serve as members of civil society on the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals to consider and rule on appeals pertaining to the SRD grant in light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to extend the SRD grant for the period of 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
According to section 18 of the Social Assistance Act of 2004 read together with the Covid-19 SRD Regulations, the Independent Tribunal is in charge of deciding appeals. The appeal will also be evaluated in light of the requirements outlined in the Covid-19 SRD Regulations.
The Independent Tribunal will review Sassa’s ruling using the information at its disposal. Within 60 to 90 days of the date the appeal was received, the members will make an effort to resolve the appeal.
The Independent Tribunal’s members will base their decision on the particular month to which the appeal relates. Applicants are advised to file an appeal as soon as they learn that their application has been denied.
The appeal will be checked and revalidated by the various Sassa databases, which may have indicated an income or alternative financial assistance, when it is being considered. The appellant will be notified electronically of the outcome of the appeal and the reasons therefor once a decision has been made.