December 2022 SRD R350 Payments
The year 2022 has almost ended and the same happens to the payment of the SASSA SRD R350 Grant for which December 2022 payments have been issued until 21st December 2022.
So far most applicants who have been approved with pay dates and using their personal banking accounts have received their payments.
However, those who are using the post bank virtual card payment system, some may not have received their payments yet.
SASSA has announced that they are going for a short holiday break for the festive season and will resume in early January 2023.
January 2023 and Beyond
Our expectations for the month of January 2023 and going forward is for SASSA to speed up the process as they started till the latter part of the year 2022.
Applications should not take more than a month or two before payment are made. As we saw, each month’s payment has to be made in the same month. For example, January 2023 payments must be made in the same January 2023 and nothing else.
We also expect SASSA to be abreast with time and officially update applicants on the general stages and dates of payments when ready. It should not take fake SASSA pages on Facebook to be announcing when payments are going to be made.
SASSA should as matter of urgency increase their staff manning the hotline 0800601011, to avoid the queues applicants have to wait for several hours without being attended to.
Their various Social Media handles or accounts should be active to also help in attending to grants recipients challenges.
There has been numerous complaints from recipients especially those receiving their grants from the retail shops whereby sometime they are declined although approved
Those Approved Without Pay Dates
Most often the reason given for this has to do with the fact that such applicants payment method chosen are not verified and must therefore have to wait for verification, although there are exceptions here. There are some applicants whose payment method are verified but they have still not been given pay date.
If your payment option thus either your personal bank account or post bank virtual card account is verified but still not given pay date, please get in touch with SASSA right away on their hotline 0800601011 for further clarification.
Bank Account Details Verification or payment Method Verification
According to SASSA, all chosen or submitted payment option should be verified before payment can be made. What has been the major challenge is those who are using their personal banking accounts. It can take almost forever for the banks to verify your account. Some have had success with banks such as ABSA Bank , Standard Bank, Capitec and TymeBank etc.
According to them, it took an average of three weeks or 21 days for their bank account to be verified.
Some have also complained bitterly that it has taken them more than two to three months but still no verification yet. In such case, applicants are advised to switch payment method.
When it comes to Post bank virtual card account, verification can just be done in the same day or within 24 hours after submission.
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Although it is more ideal and for that matter even more convenient to use one’s own bank account, if the bank verification process is taking too long of a time, then you can switch.
SASSA has indicated that, they have little control over the verification of applicants bank account details which is the responsibility of the bank in question.
What SASSA does is to only forward the submitted details to the respective bank to check if the details submitted by the applicant matches with the details in the Bank’s database. A report is then generated back to SASSA.
Going forward in 2023, bank account payment method remains the best and most convenient and efficient way to receive your SRD R350 grant payment.
2021 and 2022 Appeals
Indeed, most of the appeals emanating from the financial year 2021 through to 2022 are paid with few outstanding months yet to be cleared.
For those who have not paid although your appeals are approved with pay dates and your respective payment options are verified, then you have to first contact your bankers after which if it fails then you contact SASSA for further information or assistance.
At the time of preparing this article or SASSA SRD R350 GRANT Updates for December 2022 to to January 2023, June 2022 Appeals have been worked on and those approved are paid with few yet to receive payment.
Note however that if you want to check your SRD R350 Appeal application or formerly reconsideration this is what you need to know :
- https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/reconsideration (this link is for those between the period of April 2021 to March 2022)
- https://srd.dsd.gov.za/appeals/appeal (this is for appeals starting from April 2022 to March 2024)
Alternative Income Source Identified Decline Status
We have written extensively on this issue in our most recent bulletins some of which are available below.
- How to Appeal Alternative Income Source Identified Decline Status for SASSA SRD R350
- To avoid Alternative Income Source Decline, keep your account empty for SASSA SRD R350
This decline reason remains the highest among all decline reasons because SASSA thinks, according to their investigations, that applicants are receiving more than R624 in a month.
Watch the video below for insight
Extension of the SASSA SRD R350 Grant to March 2024
In the budget for the 2023 fiscal year, the Minister of Finance made the announcement that SASSA SRD R350 Grant will be extended for additional 12 months, thus from April 2023 to March 2024.
So applicants who will continue to qualify for the grant going forward will continue to enjoy the grant.
Although there has growing concern for the grant to be increased to meet the minimum poverty level and possibly be made permanent to pave way for basic income grant.
But government has always rejected any of these suggestions usually citing source of finding as the main barrier.
But proponents of this are of the view that the government should tax the rich to finance this and possibly reduce corruption so that there will enough surplus to help support decent basic income for the less privileged and vulnerable people in the country.
Watch the following videos for further perspectives