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Directions on COVID-19 SRD Grant Published

February 23, 2021

Department of Social Development

Directions to combat Covid-19 confirm that the Special Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350 has been extended until 30 April 2021.

The social development department published the Directions in Government Gazette 44174 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

Amendments to paragraph 6 of the Directions stipulate that temporary disability grants that lapsed on 31 December 2020 and in January 2021 or are due to lapse in February 2021 or 31 March 2021 for beneficiaries who are aged 59 and will turn 60 on or before 31 December 2021, must continue to be paid until the beneficiary attains the age of 60 years.

The Directions also stipulate that a temporary disability grant paid with a grant-in-aid that lapsed at the end of December 2020, and a temporary disability grant which is paid together with a grant-in-aid which lapsed in January 2021 or is due to lapse in February 2021 or in March 2021, must continue to be paid for a period of three months after the Social Security Agency has scheduled an appointment for reassessment or until 31 March 2022, whichever occurs first.

The Directions also point out that adoption social workers in private practice whose accreditation to render adoption services expired on 30 April 2020 but could not finalise their cases due to the state of disaster are able to finalise adoption cases until 31 August 2021 with accreditation extended accordingly.

The Directions came into effect on the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44173, the department announced that the South African Council for Social Service Professions seeks nominations of candidates to be elected as members of the 5th South African Council for Social Service Professions, 5th Professional Board for Social Work and 4th Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work.

Nominations are invited until 23 March 2021.