The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has been providing a special relief grant of R350 per month to eligible applicants since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The grant is meant to assist individuals who have lost their income or have become unemployed due to the pandemic. However, not all applicants are approved for the grant, and some may be declined for various reasons.
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For the month of February 2023, some applicants who have applied for the SASSA SRD R350 grant are yet to be approved. SASSA has indicated that it is currently investigating the status of these applications and conducting means tests to ensure that only eligible applicants receive the grant. The delay in approval can be frustrating for some applicants who are in dire need of financial assistance, but it is important to note that SASSA is doing everything possible to ensure that only deserving applicants receive the grant.
In most cases, applications are declined due to the indication of an alternative source of income that the applicant may have received. This could be in the form of a salary, social grant, or any other form of financial assistance. SASSA is required to ensure that only individuals who are genuinely in need of financial assistance receive the grant. Thus, if an applicant has received an alternative source of income, it is likely that their application will be declined.
However, if an applicant believes that their application has been unfairly declined, they can submit an appeal application on the SASSA website https://srd.dsd.gov.za/appeals. It is important to note that the appeal process is not a guarantee that an applicant will be approved for the grant. Still, it provides an opportunity for applicants to contest their declined application and have their case reviewed by SASSA.
SASSA has reiterated that it is not in their interest to decline eligible applicants, and they are committed to ensuring that deserving individuals receive the grant. The means test and investigation process may take time, but it is necessary to ensure that only individuals who are genuinely in need of financial assistance receive the grant.