What Happens After You Submit Your SRD Grant Application?

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) pays out the Social Relief of Distress grant to ensure that those with no alternative source of income for bare necessities are able to provide for themselves. Here is the process of what happens when you submit your R350 grant application.


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The Social Relief of Distress grant (SRD) is a one-time payment made to those who are in such desperate financial need that they are unable to meet their or their families' most basic necessities. 

Sassa requires all applicants to ensure that they meet the SRD criteria before submitting their application. You can Click here to have a look at how can submit your online application as well as to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Applications for the SRD grant must be lodged on the electronic platform. Once you've submitted your application, it's important to know what happens after you've submitted your application.

This is what happens after you've submitted your SRD Grant application

  • Sassa is required to, before the end of the month, approve or reject all applications for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress received before the 15th of the month.
  • In a scenario where your application is rejected, Sassa encourages you to lodge an appeal by applying for reconsideration. 
  • Following your application, an electronic receipt or SMS notification of the outcome of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress application must be provided to you by Sassa.
  • If an application for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress is approved, Sassa must inform you of the outcome by electronic communication or any other means of communication of such approval.

Although the grant was initially introduced in May 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has since been reintroduced. The most recent instance of reintroduction was March 2022, when it was announced the R350 SRD grant would be extended for an additional year.


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