Are SRD Grant Applications Open?

SRD Grant Applications

Recipients of the Sassa Social of Relief Distress (SRD) grant will be pleased to know that the grant has been reinstated and that applications are now open.

The South African Social Security Agency(Sassa) has recently stated that applications for the Social Relief of Distress grant are now open. This comes after Sassa temporarily discontinued the grant to make amendments to its eligibility.

The Social Relief of Distress grant aims to provide temporary support to people in desperate financial need, making them unable to meet their families' most basic necessities.

This could be due to the factors listed below: You need assistance while you wait for your children’s grants to be processed.
  • A crisis or disaster has occurred (e.g. your house has burnt down)
  • You do not qualify for a grant, and you are in a desperate situation
  • You are unable to work for less than six months because you are medically unfit
  • You cannot get maintenance from the other parent of your child or children.
  • The breadwinner in the family has died.
  • The breadwinner has been sent to prison for a short time (less than six months)
  • You have been affected by a disaster, but the area or community you live in has not been declared a disaster area.

The Social Relief of Distress may be a food parcel or a voucher to buy food. Some provinces give this assistance in cash, which amounts to R350.

For any additional information relating to applications for the Sassa SRD grant, beneficiaries are advised to visit 

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