R350 SRD Beneficiaries Are Warned by UIF to Use Caution With Their ID Numbers
R350 SRD Beneficiaries Are Warned by UIF to Use Caution With Their ID Numbers. Many people who sought for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) award from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) discovered that their applications were rejected because they were registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).
In other words, Sassa has determined that the person is receiving or qualifies for UIF benefits. This demonstrates that you are not eligible for the R350 award since you are either getting other financial aid or are not unemployed.
The UIF has now advised people looking for work to exercise caution when disclosing their identifying numbers to potential employers in case those employers use that information to register them with the UIF and apply for the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme in an unauthorized manner (TERS).
The primary requirements for the SRD grant are that you have no other sources of income, no UIF benefits, and no other grants—including NSFAS grants—of any kind.
If you discover that you have a UIF account and receive benefits from them, you are not eligible for the award and should take no further action. You should submit an R350 grant appeal if this is not the case and you are in fact unemployed and not receiving UIF benefits.
You have 30 days from the day your rejection status became accessible to you to file an appeal.
Those who are applying for R350 grants can appeal their applications by following the instructions below:
- Visit srd.dsd.gov.za
- Click on the green bar that says ‘click here to lodge an appeal or check appeal status’
- Enter your ID number
- Enter your cell phone number
- Click ‘send pin’ and wait for the SMS which will contain the verification pin
- Enter the pin and click ‘submit’
- Select the month you are submitting an appeal for
- Select the drop down
- arrow and choose the reason for your appeal
- Click ‘submit’
Following the filing of the appeal, the UIF will confirm your employment status, and you will be informed of the conclusion via the Sassa website.
With this appeal, SASSA will have to reevaluate your application, and you will have to provide persuasive justification for why you think you should be granted the award.
According to Sassa, candidates don’t need to go to labor centers to get help with this.