The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) announces continued support for citizens through the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant for April
Cape Town, South Africa – The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced the continuation of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant for the month of April. The grant, which aims to assist vulnerable citizens and mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a crucial support for many South Africans during these challenging times.
The SRD grant, initially launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended several times to ensure that those most affected continue to receive financial assistance. The grant provides R350 per month to eligible applicants, who include unemployed individuals not receiving any other form of social grant or UIF payment.
SASSA spokesperson, Ntombi Mahlangu, expressed the importance of the grant in a recent statement, “The SRD grant has been a critical lifeline for many South Africans who are struggling to make ends meet. We are proud to continue supporting our citizens during these difficult times and remain committed to ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our society are not left behind.”
Eligibility for the SRD grant is based on the following criteria:
- The applicant must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee registered with Home Affairs.
- The applicant must be
- above the age of 18 and below the age of 60. 3. The applicant must be unemployed and not receiving any income.
- The applicant must not be receiving any social grant, UIF benefits, or any other form of financial assistance from the government or private sector.
- The applicant must not reside in a government-subsidized institution, such as a care facility or shelter.
- To apply for the SRD grant, eligible individuals can submit their applications online through the SASSA website or send a WhatsApp message to the dedicated SRD number. Alternatively, applicants can visit their nearest SASSA office to submit their application in person. It is crucial to provide accurate information and documentation during the application process to avoid delays in receiving the grant.
- SASSA has also implemented measures to ensure that the grant reaches those who need it most, such as conducting regular audits and investigations into possible fraud and corruption. Beneficiaries found to be providing false information or not meeting the eligibility criteria will be removed from the system and may face legal consequences.
- The SRD grant has played a significant role in alleviating the financial burden on many South Africans during the pandemic. As the country continues to navigate the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19, the government’s ongoing commitment to providing support to its citizens remains crucial.
- For more information on the SASSA SRD grant, application processes, and eligibility criteria, visit the official SASSA website at www.sassa.gov.za or contact the SASSA helpline at 0800 60