The Department of Social Development is proposing changes to the SRD grant, including an increase

The Department of Social Development has proposed three key changes to SRD grant applications.

FILE: Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu. Photo: @The_DSD/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Social Development has expressed concern over the low number of approved applications for the Special COVID-19 Social Distress Relief (SRD) grant.

It comes as less than half of the more than 11 million applicants at the end of June have been approved.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu has therefore published a new draft regulation to change certain provisions relating to the SRD grant – one of them is to increase the income threshold allowed for applicants from R350 to R624.

The value of the grant itself will remain R350 until March next year.

The Department of Social Development has proposed three key changes to SRD grant applications.

The first is to increase the maximum allowable income for applicants from R350 to the food poverty line of R624.

The second amendment seeks to remove the requirement for applicants to indicate whether they still need the grant every three months, with the ministry indicating that recipients’ bank accounts will be checked monthly anyway.

The third concerns the removal of the clause which makes the process of verification of banks the main criterion for determining eligibility.

The ministry called on all relevant stakeholders to submit comments on the draft regulations.

Joel C. Hicks