What criteria will determine who is eligible for the grant?
According to deputy director-general of the department Brenda Sibeko, all applicants will undergo “a means test,” and anyone earning R350 a month or more will be disqualified.
Previously, the income threshold to qualify for the grant was R595, which was inclusive of child support grant beneficiaries.
“A proxy-means test consisting of checks against databases that may indicate income or alternative financial assistance and verification of insufficient means with banks.
“If the results from the bank verification referred in sub-regulation contradict the results from the data checks referred to in sub-regulation, the results from the bank verification must be used to make the final determination,” read the criteria.
The criteria said if a person has more than one bank account, the criteria for insufficient means are deemed to have been met if all the bank accounts, assessed individually, are below the income threshold referred to in sub-regulation.
Sibeko said approved applicants do not need to reapply for the grant every month, but checks will be made monthly to find out if applicants still qualify.
How will applicants be verified?
Zulu reiterated that data and digital infrastructure were being used to process applications and verifications.
“Our system for checking whether people deserve this money is in place, hence we ask them to reapply.
“We are also working with the department of economic development and small and medium enterprises because we believe the next big thing we must focus on is to empower informal businesses and small and medium enterprises.”
Where can I collect my grant?
With the SA Post Office (Sapo) no longer paying out SRD grants, you can collect your grant from Pick n Pay, Boxer, Shoprite, Checkers or USave stores.
Sapo and Sassa advised those eligible for the grant to choose this payment option in their applications for the grant.
Those who chose to receive their funds at Sapo branches are requested to visit www.srd.sassa.gov.za and select an option to collect the grant from one of the supermarkets.
“Clients who have uncollected grants at the Sapo/Postbank can collect at any of the retail outlets,” said Sassa.
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