covid-19 grant

In case you are wondering about the qualifying criteria for the new social relief of distress grant, well wonder no more. Read further for more details.

As of 11 August 2021, SASSA has received more than 5 million COVID-19 SRD Grant applications. These applications have increased due to the rise in the unemployment rate in South Africa.

If your application for the Special COVID-19 SRD grant has been declined, be sure to appeal before the closing date. Keep reading to find out how to appeal and how to track your appeal.

Black Sash and a few other organisations have sent an open letter requesting for the COVID-19 SRD Grant to be extended as many South Africans desperately need this grant as they are still living with the impacts of this pandemic.

The V&A Waterfront in partnership with Dis-Chem Pharmacy is launching its drive-through Covid-19 testing facility, increasing convenience for locals and tourists. 

Recently, the Western Cape government has decided to ease the COVID-19 testing criteria. Anyone within the province who is symptomatic should be tested.

SASSA has declined 1.6 million applications for the R350 grant. By declining these applications, SASSA has managed to save almost R14 million.



SASSA has apologised for delays in the payment of the R350 grant. This comes after the public criticism that SASSA faced for only paying 10 people out of the 5 million South Africans who applied for the grant.

Many successful applicants were pleased when SASSA announced that it would start paying the R350 grant on Friday, May 15. The Department of Social Developent is now under fire as more details have been uncovered about just how many people have received their payments. 

Lindiwe Zulu, The Minister of Social Development, has addressed concerns about SASSA payments during the lockdown. This includes the announcement of new collection dates for elderly and disabled recipients of grants. 


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