Who Qualifies For The Social Relief Of Distress Grant For 2020

While 30% of SASSA staff will return to work on a rotational basis, the application process for the Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 has been streamlined and can no be done via WhatsApp.

The amount to be paid to qualifying applications will be R350 per month from May to October this year. The grant will be available to South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees registered on the Home Affairs system; who are resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;

Applicants must be:

  • Above the age of 18;
  • Unemployed;
  • Not receiving any income;
  • Not receiving any social grant;
  • Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
  • Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
  • Not resident in a government funded or subsidized institution.

Prospective applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for the processing of their applications:

  • Identity Number/Department of Home Affairs permit;
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
  • Gender and Disability;
  • Banking details – Bank Name and Account Number;
  • Contact details – Cell phone number;
  • Proof of Residential Address;

The manner in which qualifying citizens can apply for this grant will be as follows:

  • The new WhatsApp line will be 082 0468 553
  • The USSD or SMS Line will be *134*7737#
  • The email address will be srd@sassa.gov.za

The minister, in thanking all role players for their efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19, said the department asked for patience while they embark on this application process.

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