Sassa Distress Grant Applications

By | March 17, 2023

Sassa Distress Grant Applications

Sassa Distress Grant Applications

The COVID-19 SRD Grant often referred to as the Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD Grant), was created by the South African government with the intention of offering financial assistance to people who lack the means to support themselves. Similar to other SASSA programmes, the SRD award includes a minimum age requirement and a number of other restrictions. As long as applicants complete the requirements, they will get a grant award of R350 every month.

You can submit an application for the SRD Grant through WhatsApp, the SRD official website, or the Sassa Chatbot. You will need a mobile phone, PC or laptop, and internet connectivity to submit an application for the SRD Grant. You might be wondering when you will get your grant payment if your application for the Older People Grant, the Disability Grant, or the Children’s Grant was accepted.

If SASSA rejects your application, you have the option to file an appeal with the Department of Social Development within the month that your application was rejected. After your application is rejected, you will receive information on how to file an appeal. Every month that the application is turned down without an appeal request, the initial judgement will stand.

Who Is Eligible For Sassa Distress Grant Applications

The following people who are in the following distress can apply for a relief grant:

  • You need help while you wait for your children’s grants to be processed
  • A crisis or disaster has occurred (e.g. your house has burnt down)
  • You do not qualify for a grant, and you are in a desperate situation
  • You are unable to work for a period of fewer than six months because you are medically unfit
  • You are unable to get maintenance from the other parent of your child or children
  • The breadwinner in the family has died
  • The breadwinner has been sent to prison for a short time (less than six months)
  • You have been affected by a disaster, but the area or community in which you live has not been declared a disaster area.

How Much Does It Cost To Apply For Sassa Relief 2024/2025

  • Applicant dont pay any amount to apply for Sassa Relief Grant. The service is free.

How Long Does It Take For Sassa Distress Grant Applications To Be Processed

  • Your application will be processed immediately.
  • Once your application is submitted, it will be assessed for credibility and your genuine need for the service.
  • Even if you do not have all the documents, you will get your first month’s food parcel, voucher or cash.
  • Remember to take all the documents to the officer before the second month’s payment is due. If you do not, you may not get your second and third month’s food parcel, voucher or cash.
  • If there is no change in your circumstances after you have received the grant for three months, you may apply to have the grant extended for another three months.

Documents Needed For Sassa Distress Grant Applications

Applicants are to submit their application with the following documents:

  • Your 13-digit bar-coded identity document and your children’s birth certificates.
  • If your identity document and/or birth certificate are not available:
    • an affidavit commissioned by a Justice of the Peace. The affidavit must contain a clause which indicates that the provision of incorrect or inaccurate information will result in prosecution in terms of Section 21 of the Social Assistance Act, 2004.
    • a sworn statement by a reputable person who knows the applicant and the child. This may be from a councillor, traditional leader, social worker or minister of religion.
    • proof that an application for a birth certificate or identity document has been lodged with the Department of Home Affairs.
    • where applicable, a temporary identity document issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
    • a baptismal certificate.
    • a road to health clinic card.
    • a school report.
  • Please Note: No application can be processed without the sworn statement/affidavit.

Sassa Distress Grant Applications Procedure

The step to step process listed below will guide you to apply for a Sassa relief grant in South Africa:

  • Apply for social relief of distress at your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office or visit
  • Submit your application by attaching all the required documents as requested by Sassa
  • If you do not have an identity document and birth certificate, an affidavit from your local police station, chief or councillor, a religious leader may be enough proof.
  • Show proof that you:
    • have applied for a grant
    • have had an emergency (e.g. provide a police report that your house burnt down)
    • have tried to get maintenance
    • have no other support
    • are married, divorced, or single
    • have no income
    • have a short-term medical disability.

Sassa Contact Details

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

The Social Relief of Distress may be in the form of a food parcel or a voucher to buy food. Some provinces give this assistance in the form of cash. Social Relief of Distress is given for a short time only usually for up to three months, which may be extended for another three months. Visit the official website of Sassa For More Details.

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