The Need For COVID-19 SRD Grant Increases


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.


The South African Social Security Agency introduced the COVID-19 SRD Grant to help those who have been struggling to provide for their families during the pandemic. The grant has recently been reinstated to allow those who did not qualify the first time to reapply and also to help those who need it the most.

According to the agency, since 6 August they have received over 5 million COVID-19 SRD Grant applications. Their systems showed that the majority of applicants were between the ages of 20 to 24.

Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the COVID-19 SRD Grant would be reinstated until March 2022.

However, in the first few days, the application process dealt with technical problems due to a large number of applications.

In the hope of easing the pressure on SASSA’s website and WhatsApp Line, the agency introduced an app called as well as Facebook messenger.

Applicants are reminded that they still have until the end of August to apply for this month's grant.

In the previous round of the COVID-19 grant, millions of applicants were denied because they were already a recipient of state funding.

However, this time, unemployed caregivers who currently receive child support grants are also able to apply for the SRD grant.




Other Articles

Applications for 2023 are now open at the Academy of Digital Arts. Throughout the years, the Academy of Digital Arts has attracted staff and students from around the globe.

A certificate, diploma, or degree programme? Do you want to know which one will serve you better; which one will get you a better job, the much-desired promotion, and a better income?


Latest SASSA Articles

Some R350 grant beneficiaries might have had their application been rejected which lead them to appeal. It might occur that the appeal upholds the rejection status. Can something be done about this?

Many applicants of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have had their applications rejected for various reasons, but the question is what will happen if they don't appeal this status? Here is what the Independent Appeals Tribunal said on the matter. 


Careers Advice

As students and their parents look ahead to 2023, it is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Will you be able to study or work towards a qualification? What are the options? If you can, how much will it cost, and can you afford it? 

Learnerships are work-based learning programmes consisting of both theory and practical elements that give you an opportunity to gain work experience. If you are interested in joining in the police force, you might want to consider applying for the South African Police Services (SAPS) learnership programme.