Sassa will process new SRD grant applications after Covid-19 regulations are amended.
According to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi, no new R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant applications will be processed until Covid-19 regulations have been amended. Back in February, President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the grant until March 2023.
It was first introduced in 2020 and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to assist people who lost economic opportunities and were affected by the pandemic. While at SAfm, Letsatsi revealed the move was to shift the grant from the Disaster Management Act to the Social Assistance Act. According to him, the payment of those who have already been approved will not be affected by the shift.
Letsatsi said, “Since the state of disaster ended, the grant now has to be included under the Social Assistance Act. Sassa cannot process applications without making sure that the law is followed. It is just an administrative arrangement that we are confident will be resolved and not leave people behind. We don’t want people to panic,”