The Ministry of Social Development asked about the SRD subsidy

The Ministry of Social Development asked about the SRD subsidy

Ms. Rosina Ntshetshana Komane, Member of the National Assembly, posed some questions to the Minister of Social Development on the Distress Social Relief Grant.

Ms Komane asked the following questions: “What (a) the total number of people who have been approved to receive the Distress Social Relief (SRD) grant have not yet claimed their money and (b) the measures that its department has put in place to ensure that all beneficiaries of the SRD scholarship can access it?

The Department of Social Development said that according to the reconciliation received from the South African Post (SAPO), 328,477 beneficiaries have not yet received their SRD grant from the first cycle which ended on April 30, 2021.

The reconciliation also revealed that 442,602 second cycle beneficiaries did not receive their scholarship from August 2021 to March 2022.

In accordance with the Guidelines published on February 10, 2022, SAPO has been authorized to pay recipients their scholarships from the first cycle, if they present themselves at the post office.

Recipients of the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant can receive their payments directly to their personal bank accounts or by post.

According to the department, of the 10,563,123 approved recipients, 58% withdraw their scholarships from their personal bank account while 42% collect their scholarships at the post office.

Additional channels through retailers have been opened to improve access to grants distributed by mail. Retailers include Pick & Pay, Boxer, Checkers, Shoprite and Usave.

Negotiations are currently underway with the Spar Group to allow access to the grant and further announcements will be made shortly.

SASSA is also in the process of finalizing contracts with banks to enable mobile payment. This channel will be available for the SRD grant extension from April 2022 to March 2023.

These channels have helped to reduce queues at post offices and provide a range of options for approved recipients to easily access their grants.

Joel C. Hicks