Last year when the South African government declared a state of emergency and instated a lockdown, they also introduced the Social Relief of Distress Grant. The SRD grant helps unemployed South Africans and registered foreign nationals with R350 a month. Meaning many unemployed South Africans will receive financial assistance from now until March 2023.
To qualify for the Social Relief of Distress Grant, recipients must be:
- Over the age of 18
- Be unemployed
- Be A South African citizen, refugee, permanent resident, asylum seeker, or citizen of Lesotho, Angola, and Zimbabwe with a special permit registered on the Home Affairs database.
- Not receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits, NSFAS stipends, or residing in a government-funded or subsidized institution.
You can either apply via email, a USSD code (phone), or via WhatsApp. When you apply, you will need to provide your ID or department of home affairs permit number, your full name, and surname, gender, and disability, as well as your contact details and address.
You will also need to sign a declaration of consent before your application can be processed. This declaration of consent allows SASSA to verify the information you provide to them with banks, SARS, and other financial institutions.
Apply Via Email
- To apply for the Social Relief of Distress Grant via email, email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply Via Phone
- To apply via your phone, dial *134*7737# and follow the prompts.
Apply Via Whatsapp
- To apply for the Social Relief of Distress Grant via Whatsapp, send a message to 082 046 8553.
Apply via Chat
- To apply via chat using this link: GovChat:https://govchat.app/login
Apply via Facebook
- To apply for the Social Relief of Distress Grant via Facebook, send your details on messenger using this link
You should also note that you can only apply once through one channel.
You can check the status of your SRD grant application online through the SASSA website, or you can view your status through WhatsApp by messaging SASSA at 082 046 8553.
If you qualify for the grant, SASSA will request your bank details. You cannot use someone else’s banking details to ensure you do not commit fraud. If you do not have a bank account, you can choose to receive your money from a Nedbank, Standard Bank, FNB, or ABSA or via a send money voucher to a cell phone that is RICA’d in your name.
If you cannot do this, you will be able to pick up your Social Relief of Distress Grant from the Post Office when it is available.
You can also contact SASSA on 0800 60 10 11 if you have any further questions.