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The means threshold for the R350 SRD grant has been increased from R350 to R624.
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More can now qualify for R350 SRD grant with THESE changes

The means threshold for the R350 SRD Grant has been increased, meaning more people can now qualify for it.

SASSA technical glitch

The means threshold for the R350 SRD grant has been increased from R350 to R624.
Images: GCIS / Flickr

The R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant has had changes gazetted to the regulations governing its payout.

Social Development Department gazettes changes to SRD Grant

The changes were gazetted by the Department of Social Development and have now allowed more beneficiaries to qualify for it. The changes in the regulations include an adjustment to the income threshold for qualifying for the SRD Grant from R350 to R624 per month.

The grant will remain R350 per qualifying person. There have also been changes to the frequency of the means testing as applicants no longer have to indicate if they require the grant after every three months.

Bank verification as the final determination for means testing was removed and has been gazetted, reports IOL. In July, Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu recommended that her department was aiming to ease the criteria. The decision followed pressure from civil society organisations.

Black Sash Trust says the income threshold should be higher

The organisations demanded the department lift the income threshold from R350 to R624 and remove the clause which made applicants reapply for the grant every three months.

Social justice organisation Black Sash Trust’s legal representatives went up against the Government over ‘unfair regulations’ regarding the SRD Grant in June. While the organisation has since taken note of the effort the Department has made, it submitted that the income threshold should be R1 335.

Minister Zulu recommended last month that the department had intentions to ease the criteria to qualify for the grant. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

R350 SRD: Latest application statistics show millions declined

In related news, it was previously reported that applications for the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant were continuing. While the draft regulations are open for public comment, there was a huge number of applicants who were declined.

Out of the 11.4 million applicants in June, less than half were approved. According to the Department of Social Development, only 5.2 million were approved. As of 30 June this year, the SRD application figures are as follows:

A total of 11.4 million people applied. 43% are male and the remaining 57% are women. Caregivers of child-support grant beneficiaries account for 4 million of the applicants. Foreign nationals and non-citizens have also benefited. 21 207 have applied and the majority, 15 882, are special permit holders from Lesotho. Read the full story here.