As South Africans continuously take to social media to voice their frustrations over declined Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant applications and payments, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has explained why some of these applications were declined.
The Covid-19 SRD grant was introduced two years to target citizens of working age who are not accommodated in the social assistance safety net.
Amended COVID-19 SRD Regulations:
Did you know that clients are no longer required to reconfirm their grants every three months? Due to amended regulations clients do not need to resubmit responses to screening questions @The_DSD @nda_rsa @GovernmentZA #SASSACARES— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) September 5, 2022
But not all applications have been successful – here’s why:
According to Sassa, an applicant can dispute Sassa’s decision by lodging an appeal with the independent tribunal via the DSD website.
Normal social grant payment dates for September 2022 #SASSACARES @The_DSD @nda_rsa @GCISMedia @GovernmentZA pic.twitter.com/Q089l6nC0W— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) August 31, 2022
According to Sassa, approximately 60% of the SRD grant of the applicants are young people.
The agency has blamed the high rate of unemployment, saying it was a great cause for concern.
“This correlates with the unemployment rate among youth, which is approximately 60% of all the applicants (youth and non-youth), approximately 5% hold tertiary qualifications,” said Sassa.
Although there was a slight decline in the number of unemployed youth in the first quarter, the youth remained vulnerable in the labour market.
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During the first quarter the total number of unemployed youth between the ages of 15 and 34 declined by 0.1% (5 000) to 4.7 million in the fourth quarter and a noticeable increase in the number of youth in employment of 5.0% (244 000), resulting in a decrease in youth unemployment of 1.2 percentage points to 47.8% in the first quarter.
“The agency remains committed to playing its part in fighting the scourge of unemployment,” said Sassa.
“Sassa has made great strides in its efforts to alleviate poverty and provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable in society through the Covid-19 SRD.”
Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde
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