SRD grant


Government started the Special Relief of Distress grant (SRD grant) as a way to support citizens who are unemployed and receive no other income during the Covid-19 pandemic. This grant sees beneficiaries receive R350 grant payments every month, which is why many have called it the R350 grant.

During this week, Minister Lindiwe Zulu sat down to discuss the latest updates regarding the amendments to the R350 grant (also known as the Social Relief of Distress grant) and the ongoing discussion surrounding the Basic Income Grant.


Some big changes are underway regarding the R350 grant supplied by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). But what does this mean for beneficiaries?

The Department of Social Development (DSD) invited the public to make written comments on proposed three key amendments to the regulations of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. The department has reached the deadline that it had set, but a lobby group is of the opinion that more can be done.


Millions of South Africans are financially dependent on social grants to survive. The government agency that has been administering social grants to beneficiaries for years, prides itself in the progress that it has made regarding payment of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.


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. 

The individuals who receive the grant are not able to live off the grant, however, it helps them get a few essentials each month. Which causes many to wonder if the R350 grant will be increased, especially since the cost of living has been increasing over the past few months.

Many South Africans were jobless when the Covid-19 virus emerged in the country. The President responded by providing affected individuals with a grant. The Department of Social Development has a set criteria that determines who can benefit from it.


South Africa continues to battle high levels of unemployment with recent reports indicating that a large portion of those who have a tertiary qualification are unable to find jobs and have applied for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. 

Millions of individuals applied for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, however, reports indicated that the number of individuals that were rejected outweighs the number of individuals approved for the grant. This led to key changes being proposed for the grant.


The Department of Social Development is looking to introduce new changes to how beneficiaries can apply for the R350 grant. This follows the lifting of the National State of Disaster, which forced the department to make changes to the eligibility criteria and other processes. 

If a R350 grant beneficiary's application for the Covid-19 SRD grant is denied, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) allows them to request reconsideration. Sassa is looking to process some of these grant payments, here are more details about it and how you can use the Sassa website to request reconsideration.

Many applicants of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have been waiting for feedback since submitting their applications for reconsideration. Sassa has announced that the wait will soon be over for some applicants 

Applications for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant are done through the official SRD website. However, this application channel will temporarily be offline, here's when you can expect the website to be unavailable. 

Millions of grant beneficiaries have been affected since Sassa announced that the Post Office will no longer be disbursing the R350 grant. Sassa has now let beneficiaries know that there are alternative ways that they can receive their grant payment. 


South Africa's unstable economy and high rate of unemployment has led to many looking in the way of Basic Income Grant (BIG) as a solution to the crisis.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated that the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant may be extended beyond March next year. The president was speaking during a virtual address to Cosatu's three day Central Committee gathering. 



So you've submitted your R350 grant application and you then head in and do a SASSA grant status check. Your SRD grant application status might reflect as 'Application Outcome' here's what that means.

Many applicants for the SASSA R350 grant are left with a status saying 'Pending' and don't know what this means or where their application is. Read more to find out what this means and also what happens to your application after you apply. 

The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) has announced a deadline for Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant beneficiaries to change their payment methods to bank accounts. 

The R350 Covid-19 grant has been reintroduced to South Africans but many say that they still face issues of trying to access the grant as well as issues of fraud.