It seems that the R350 grant payments are coming to an end with a whimper: SASSA confirmed on Thursday that the SRD system has been hit by delays – due to an administrative hiccup.

Why have R350 grant payments been delayed for March and April 2021?

The popular payments have reached around seven million people in the last 12 months, but the scheme is being discontinued at the end of April. No more new claims can be made Saturday 1 May onwards. Despite already being extended twice by the government, a third time won’t be the charm – as SASSA’s cash reserves run low.

Sandy Godlwana, a Senior Manager in SASSA’s Communication and Marketing Department, broke the bad news earlier today. In an emailed statement, it was confirmed that the ‘transition in government’s financial years’ had caused a large number of R350 grant payments to be held back in the system – leaving vulnerable citizens to face an anxious wait.

“A delay in the payments of the R350 grant for the months of March and April 2021 is being experienced due to the transition in government financial years.  The end of March is the end of the financial year for government and various administrative tasks are required before any payments which relate to the previous financial year can be made.” 

“SASSA is currently busy with these end-of-financial year tasks – which has delayed payment. Payments for February were thus made at the end of February and early March 2021. The applications for March were validated as usual after the payments for February had been completed, but could not be extracted for payment before 31 March 2021.”

Payment dates for SASSA grants in April 2021

Totsie Malema, the CEO of SASSA, has offered an apology on behalf of the agency. She guaranteed the millions of affected recipients that all legitimate payments will be made ‘as soon as the administrative issues are sorted’.

“SASSA would like to apologise for this break in the payments. All deserving applicants for the relief grant who have been affected that payments will be made as soon as the administrative processes have been completed.” | Totsie Memela

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Presh JM Reporter

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