R350 grant news


The President declared a National State of Disaster as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic. In this regard he introduced a Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD status check) of R350 to be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment etc. Since then the R350 grant has become a permanent feature, and from the 1st April 2024 it will become the R370 grant.

With the introduction of the SASSA R350 grant, a large number of SRD SASSA application were rolling in with heading to srd.sassa.gov.za, as the website serves many purposes. Not only can you do your SASSA application for R350 on there, you can also check your SASSA SRD status. This is also the SASSA website to correct banking details and other information on the R350 grant

There's isn't a formal means test for the R350 grant. SASSA also gives a chance to a SASSA grant application which was rejected in the form of a SASSA appealClick here to gain access to the SRD appeal link.

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Millions of vulnerable people rely on the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant every month. The president has announced that the grant will be extended and improved. 

After the means test threshold was increased from R350 to R624, more individuals were able to qualify for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. Here is why Sassa chose to adjust the grant requirements.

#PayTheGrants, a civil society organization said that it is outraged at the continuous failures of the Department of Social Development and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) concerning the payment of the Covid-19 grant. For months, beneficiaries have been waiting for their payments.


It appears that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has not addressed its existing R350 grant payment backlog. It has recently surfaced that many of the grant’s beneficiaries have not received their grant payments, and some have been waiting for several months.

Sassa encourages those who have received an unsuccessful application status for the Special Covid-19 SRD grant not to reapply for the grant. Applicants are advised to appeal the decision instead.

Poverty, inequality, and unemployment are some of the many socio-economic challenges that are faced by many. As a result, government plans to introduce the Basic Income Grant (BIG) as a form of social assistance that will address the challenges that affect the most vulnerable in society. 

As the current cycle of the Social of Distress grant continue as scheduled by the South African Security Agency (Sassa), some applicants have experience delays in having the R350 grant application processed.

If you have been tracking your R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant application and realized that your approved status went from having no paydate to being declined, then you might want to know the reasoning behind this. Sassa has provided some clarification. 

To date, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has made four million R350 grant payments to beneficiaries for the month of July. According to the agency, thousands more still need to receive their payments.

Regulations for the R350 grant have undergone a number of changes since its first implementation. With the many changes that the grant has undergone, there have also been changes seen in the demographic of applicants who applied for it. 


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