SASSA Extends Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant

Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Social Development, announced that SASSA has decided to extend the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant as many South Africans are still in need of the grant.




According to the Minister of Social Development, more than 65 000 new applications have been received by the department since the extension. While more than 42 000 have deregistered from the grant as their living conditions have improved.

Lindiwe Zulu announced that the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant has been extended by another 3 months.

Throughout the 3 months, the applicants will be assessed monthly to ensure that deserving people receive the grant.

The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant is a temporary provision of assistance intended for people who are in dire material need that they are unable to meet the most basic needs of their or their families.

Social Relief of Distress is paid to South African citizens or permanent residents, who have insufficient means and meet one or more of the criteria for the grant.

Click here to learn more about the Social Relief of Distress Grant.

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