What is the Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD)
Social relief of distress is the temporary supply of aid meant for people who are in such extreme need of material goods that they are unable to provide for the most basic necessities of their family. Amounting to R350 per month beginning on the date of approval, the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress amount. There will be no backpay for applicants; instead, payments will begin in the month they apply.
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HOW ARE SASSA GRANTS PAID
SASSA pays SRD grants in any of these 2 methods, depending on the recipients preference:
- into the recipients personal bank account
- collected at specific retail outlets (Pick n Pay, Boxer, Checkers, Shoprite, USave, OK Food markets)
If you are interested in working at SASSA, have a look at the SASSA vacancies page for positions available.
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For New Application (using SASSA website)
What is needed to apply:
- ID Number.
- Full Names and Surname as they appear on the ID.
- Gender and Disability if you have any.
- Bank Name and Account Number.
- Phone Number.
- Proof of Address.
Re-Application (using SASSA website)
Steps to Change banking Details:
- If you are an SASSA SRD R350 Grant beneficiary who has been given approval, please enter your ID number here if you wish to update your banking information. You will receive an SMS at the cell phone number you provided when registering for the application that contains a secure link that is personal to you.
- To begin, open the link in the SMS and carefully follow the directions.
- If you choose to have your money transferred into a bank account, please make sure you are the account’s owner. Your grant cannot be paid into another person’s bank account by SASSA.
- Please make sure the mobile phone number on which you received the SMS is registered in your name if you choose the money transfer option through one of the main banks. A mobile phone number that is registered to another person prevents SASSA from paying your award into that number.
- Please also note that the new banking details will only be used for future payments, after verification.
Cancel my Application
You can withdraw your application by clicking the button below if your circumstances have changed such that you are no longer in need of or eligible for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.
SASSA Grants – Social Grants in South Africa
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is an entity of the Department of Social Development, responsible for administering social assistance in terms of Section 3 of the Social Assistance Act. SASSA is a government entity responsible for distributing various types of social grants, to more than 16 million South Africans. This page is all about the different types of SASSA Grants.
SASSA has been operating since 2006, with the aim of providing financial assistance to citizens who experience the devastating impact of poverty and unemployment.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL GRANT?
A social grant is an amount of money awarded to a citizen in financial need, by the government of South Africa. The grant is awarded each month, for a fixed period or extended period of time. Social grants are paid to candidates living in South Africa, who are South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees.
Grants are usually for people who are unable to provide for themselves and thus applicants may be required to pass a “means test” to apply. A means test assesses the applicants income and assets in order to determine whether they qualify for a social grant.
Each grant is unique in their eligibility criteria and amount being paid – keep reading to find out more.
TYPES OF SASSA GRANTS
SASSA awards the following types of social grants:
For any further queries, please contact SASSA directly:
Contact the SASSA Toll Free Call centre on: 0800 60 10 11
Contact the SASSA Head Office on: 012 400 2322
Email SASSA Head Office at: Grantsenquiries@sassa.gov.za
Contact details of SASSA offices across the country: SASSA contact details