The DOJ has extended the education benefits to people with TRR numbers for 2015; the new deadline is now 31 March. Following many complaints that many people could not meet the 7 February deadline for new Education Benefits offered for people who have a TRR number, the Department of Justice has extended the deadline for 2015 to 31 March. This statement was put on the Department of Justice website on 24 February.
We urge anyone who missed the 7 February deadline that they can now make their application before 31 March for benefits for 2015. The Department also states that the benefits granted will be backdated to cover the 2015 school year.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is extending the closing date for the education assistance applications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)-identified victims of Apartheid to 31 March 2015. The closing date which was initially set for 7 February 2015 is extended in line with the regulations signed by the President. The department calls on all the TRC-identified victims of Apartheid to make use of this last opportunity for the 2015 school calendar. The provision of funding to the successful applicants will be paid retrospectively for the 2015 school calendar.
In terms of basic education assistance, victims and their relatives and dependants qualify for assistance if the annual gross income of the household of which the victim or relative or dependant of a victim is a member, does not exceed R132, 000; or the victim or a relative or dependant of a victim is a member of a vulnerable household, as defined in the regulations. In the case of higher education and training, the annual gross income of the household must not exceed R198, 000.
The assistance will be available for a period of five years from the date of commencement of the regulations. Victims and their relatives and dependants who qualify for assistance and wish to apply are advised to consult the regulations for the various categories of assistance available, the time periods and amounts. The regulations and application forms are available on the website of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, http://www.justice.gov.za/, as well as from the Office of the department’s dedicated official (Tel. no: 012 315 1940/ 012 315 1801).
The application forms must be completed in full. The documents required in the application form must be attached, otherwise applications will not be considered. The completed forms must be submitted to the dedicated official:
b) by facsimile to 086 732 2625; or
c) by registered post to the following address: The Head: TRC Unit, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Private Bag X81, Pretoria, 0001.
Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga
Cell: 083 641 8141