The Social Relief of Distress grant is the only beam of light for the underprivileged citizens of South Africa. The financially dependent masses of South Africa are solely dependent on the South African Social Security grant, which is also recognized as Social Relief of Distress. Despite the massive social dependency, SASSA SRD grants are inconsistently approved by the authorities.
Beneficiaries are befuddled and have been complaining about their disapproved monthly SASSA grants. We are back with the answers that you have been long looking for.
Why is There a Hold on Approvals
The South African Social Security Agency, after a tide of chaos, has stepped forward to reveal the reasons behind the delay in grant approvals. The agency has revealed the exact reason why grant application status varies from month to month.
There are millions of people who were content after they were selected for the SRD grant. However, their excitement didn’t last long, as they faced challenges in the upcoming months. According to some of the SRD grant beneficiaries, their grant approval and money transactions went smoothly in the first month. However, their SRD grants were rejected for the next months, which still stands as a mystery to them.
For instance, there is a beneficiary whose September grant was approved, but the SRD grant for August was declined. The most suitable or probable reason for such declination is that the income in the month of August exceeds the minimum income criteria of the agency. This implies that you must have income for each month less than R624.
In another case, if your grant for September has been approved but for the month of August is still pending, it might be because of the backlog of applications. SASSA looks into the data provided by each application and detests the authenticity of the provided information every month. Hence, the monthly verification checks can cause a delay in the approval of your monthly grants.
These monthly verification checks involve looking into the bank account details of the applicants to detect monthly income exceeding the fixated threshold. This verification of monthly income and bank data is executed to ensure that the grant is being disbursed on merit. There are chances that the income for the month matches the eligibility criteria while it violates the criteria the next month.
Therefore, it is necessary that the beneficiaries provide their personal bank credentials to the agency. It should be made sure that the shared bank information is the beneficiary’s personal one and not the information of their acquaintances because the bank balance of your related ones can be a barrier to your grant approval process.
SASSA has opened up about the delay in the grant approval process and has revealed that one of the potential reasons can be the backlog of applications. The Agency also disclosed that the bank verification process is executed without any set deadlines as the beneficiaries share their details with the Department of Treasury, which further forwards them to the specific bank chosen by the beneficiaries themselves.
This information is verified and then bounced back to the Department of Treasury. It is then referred to SASSA, which approves the grant of that particular beneficiary.
Hence, this lengthy series of verification process delays the application approvals of the beneficiaries.
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Why is SASSA taking so long to approve?
Most of the beneficiaries are on the waiting list for the approval of the SRD grant. Almost 10,000 applicants enroll for the grant every day, which makes it harder to approve all the applications at once. Hence, the application approval process takes time.
How long does it take for SASSA to approve SRD?
It can take a minimum of 90 days. But it also depends on the authenticity of the information provided and the time of application submission.
Why is my SRD grant not approved?
If an applicant’s income exceeds the required threshold, the grant is rejected for that particular month.