SASSA office on April 30, 2021 in Bellville, South Africa. It is reported that some have been queuing since yesterday, hoping to receive their R350 grant which ends today. There was also a very small picket outside about the grants. (Photo by Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images)"/>
JOHANNESBURG - About 20 activists picketed outside the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices in Pretoria on Thursday, disturbing fixes to flaws that they have diagnosed inside the R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) furnish utility system.
Many of the activists, affiliated with the #PayTheGrants campaign, stated they had been assisting people of their groups who are struggling to use for the SRD grant which turned into reinstated in July this 12 months.
A memorandum surpassed over to SASSA and the Department of Social Development recognized some of “flaws” in the SRD device. These consist of the use of previous facts from the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the South African Revenue Service; caregivers who get the Child Support Grant no longer being capable of get right of entry to the SRD grant; and an appeals manner that takes too long.
“These flaws are ensuing in potentially hundreds of thousands of human beings being denied the grant. Though it is small, many people depend upon it for meals and different primary items,” said Israel Nkuna from #PayTheGrants.
According to SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi, they received about thirteen million programs for the SRD grant on the grounds that July, of which approximately 8 million had been permitted.
When the SRD grant become reinstated, the eligibility standards became accelerated to consist of unemployed caregivers who acquire the Child Support Grant (CSG) on behalf of kids. According to the Black Sash, approximately ninety five% of CSG recipients are girls who have been formerly excluded from receiving the R350 SRD grant.
Elizabeth Raiters said, “SASSA have to fix their machine. I stay with my sisters, who both get hold of the CSG for their children but they're unemployed. They carried out for the R350 grant and their packages had been declined. We appealed in August however we're nevertheless ready to hear returned from SASSA.”
Raiters stated the grant could make a difference for her family due to the fact food fees have long gone up and the CSG isn't always enough to guide them.
According to Fanie Sethokga, standard supervisor for operations at SASSA, there may be a few confusion amongst applicants who get the Child Support Grant. “As a recipient of the CSG, it doesn’t mean via default you robotically qualify for the SRD. Beneficiaries of the CSG need to observe the rest of the necessities to obtain the SRD,” he said.
Sethokga stated some of the confusion stems from the reality that recipients of the CSG are allowed to have other method of earnings, as long as it does no longer exceed the required threshold.
“You can't apply for the SRD if you get hold of any form of earnings. We have had many toddler guide beneficiaries who acquire an profits and are making use of for the SRD,” he said. Sethokga said this turned into possibly the purpose why programs just like the Raiters sisters were denied. He stated the appeals process often took longer due to the fact they had to verify with all of the banks that the applicant does not have any lively account receiving income. “But we strive to respond inside 60 days,” he stated.
General Moyo from #PayTheGrants read out the memorandum before giving it to Letsatsi to sign. He also called for a Basic Income Guarantee of R1,500.
Letsatsi promised that the business enterprise would respond to the campaign’s memo inside seven days.
This article became first published on GroundUp.
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