SRD grant applications open Friday, August 6


Applications for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants will be open from Friday, August 6, according to an announcement by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Wednesday.

Zulu announced the news during a press briefing where she unpacked several Covid-19 welfare measures. She said the first installment of the grant would be made in the last week of August.

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Covid-19 relief grant: what you need to know

Who is eligible for the grant?

Zulu said the following people will be eligible for the Distress Social Relief Grant, which consists of R350 per month and is payable for the period stated therein to a person who is:

  • a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee registered in the Home Affairs database, and persons holding special permits under the Angolan Special Exemption, Lesotho Exemption Permit Exemption and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit waivers, and asylum seekers whose Section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on March 15, 2020.
  • Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa.
  • over 18 and under 60.
  • unemployed.
  • not receiving any social allowance for him.
  • does not receive unemployment insurance benefits and is not entitled to unemployment insurance benefits.
  • not be in receipt of National Student Financial Aid Program stipend and other financial aid.
  • not receiving any other government assistance in response to COVID-19.
  • not reside in a government-funded or subsidized facility.

Zulu also said carers who do not receive any grants in their own name will also be eligible to apply for the special scheme. Covid-19 Distress Social Relief Grant.

She said everyone who had applied previously must reapply, to allow the department to assess their eligibility as it was done monthly in the previous period.

“All applications will be treated as new applications each month,” Zulu said. “However, each applicant should only apply once, thereafter the application will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

“I wish to encourage all who are eligible, including those who have benefited before and who are yet to apply from August 6, 2021.”

How do I apply for an SRD Relief Grant?

  • First, through the website at;
  • Via our WhatsApp line on 082 046 8553;

She said additional application channels will be added shortly and announcements will be made in due course and cautioned applicants against submitting multiple applications.

“There is no need to submit multiple applications. Confirmation will be received as soon as the application has been successfully submitted. For any other queries, applicants can contact our call center on 0800 60 10 11 or email [email protected]

Zulu said systems have been improved to respond more quickly and with agility.

“We look forward to providing support to our customers and ensuring they have the best customer experience with our friendly services,” Zulu said.

Unpaid payments

Zulu said a total of 571,724 grants that were approved remain uncollected from the post office.

She specifies that those who have not recovered their subsidies have until the end of August to do so.

“I urge all applicants who have not received or claimed their grants to urgently contact SASSA, as they will only have until August 31, 2021 to inquire about the previous grant from May 2020 to April 2021. “, said Zulu.

“I also want to urge those who have not withdrawn their payments to do so by August 31, 2021. After August 31, we will no longer be able to consider inquiries regarding the previous grant.”


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