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The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant serves as a crucial support system for millions of adults in South Africa, administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Each month, over 10 million individuals apply for this grant.

To qualify for the SRD grant of R370, applicants must meet specific criteria. They must be citizens, permanent residents, or special permit holders, and should not be receiving other government support such as UIF benefits or NSFAS bursaries. Additionally, their bank account balance should be less than R624 to be eligible.

SASSA’s Warning Regarding “Status Check” for SRD Grant Beneficiaries

Sassa collaborates with the Department of Home Affairs for identity and citizenship verification, and with the Department of Treasury for income verification. This verification ensures that applicants meet the income threshold of R624 for the R370 grant.

Once eligibility is confirmed, Sassa processes grant payments.

As for the application period, there isn’t a set closing date for SRD grant applications. Applicants can apply at any time, and their applications will be evaluated monthly to ensure eligibility. They will only be considered for payments for the current or future months, not for past months.

Avoiding Exclusion from SASSA Old-Age Grants in May 2024

To apply, individuals can use the official SRD grant website or WhatsApp Sassa at 082 046 8553.

Regarding the increase in the SRD grant, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced an increase from R350 to R370 in March 2024. This represents a 5.7% increase, effective from April 1, 2024, and all subsequent grant payments will be R370. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu confirmed this increase.

Clarification on 2024 SASSA Grant-in-Aid and Eligibility

Certainly! Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant in South Africa:

1. What is the SRD Grant?

The SRD Grant is a support program provided by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to assist eligible individuals facing financial distress.

2. Who is eligible for the SRD Grant?

To be eligible for the SRD Grant, applicants must be citizens, permanent residents, or special permit holders of South Africa. They should not be receiving other forms of government support like UIF benefits or NSFAS bursaries, and their bank account balance should be below R624.

3. How can I apply for the SRD Grant?

You can apply for the SRD Grant through the official SRD grant website or via WhatsApp using the Sassa number (082 046 8553).

4. Is there a closing date for SRD Grant applications?

No, there is no set closing date for SRD Grant applications. Applicants can apply at any time, and their applications will be evaluated monthly for eligibility.

5. How does the SRD Grant verification process work?

Sassa conducts verification checks in collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs for identity and citizenship verification, and with the Department of Treasury for income verification. This is to ensure that applicants meet the eligibility criteria for the grant.

6. When will the SRD Grant payments be made?

Once eligibility is confirmed, Sassa processes grant payments. Payments are made monthly, and eligible applicants will receive payments for the current or future months, not for past months.

7. What is the recent increase in the SRD Grant payment?

In March 2024, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced an increase in the SRD Grant payment from R350 to R370. This increase, confirmed by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, is effective from April 1, 2024, and all subsequent grant payments will be R370.

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