Social Relief Grant

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Social Relief Grant

Social Relief Grant (SRD) is just one of the grant programs by the South African Social Security Agency. It was introduced as a program reduce the financial difficulties that COVID-19 brought to individuals and families. Even though COVID-19 is no more as it used to be, the grant has been in place and still serves many people who apply for it. In this write up, we tell you about the SRD and how to become a beneficiary.

Beneficiaries of the grant are people who lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. People who were also affected in various was also qualify to apply for the grant. Before the COVID era, people who were in dire need of financial assistance such as the disabled could apply for the grant.

For one to qualify for the SRD, he or she had to meet certain conditions. Below are a list of them.

  • First of all, you have to be a South African citizen. Alternatively, you must be permanent resident. The other condition is that you should be refugee. If you are claiming refugee status, you must be registered with the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Next is that you must be above 18 years of age
  • You should either be receiving a monthly wage below the minimum wage or be totally unemployed
  • You must also not be on any government intervention program or on any other form of income support
  • You must proof beyond reasonable doubt that you are in need of financial help as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

How to Apply for the Social Relief Grant?

There are two ways to apply for the SRD grant:

Open the official SASSA website
Now, Click on the “Apply Here” button to begin your application
Put in your personal information. This includes your name, your ID number, and your contact information
There will be questions about your employment status and income. Make sure you answer them correctly with the most recent information.
Give your correct banking details.
And if you don’t have an account with any bank, select a cash payment option
Once you are done, submit your application.
Wait patiently for your reference number. With this number you can tract the status of your application

To apply via WhatsApp, follow these instructions:

First, save the SASSA WhatsApp number (082 046 8553) to your contacts
Then, send a message to the number that says “Hi” or “Hello”
Once you do, you will receive a prompt for your application
Follow this prompt to complete your application
Now, give your banking details where you can receive your assistance.
If you don’t have a bank account, select “cash payment option”
After you submit your application, you will receive a reference number via WhatsApp that you can use to check the status of your application.

Tips for a Successful Social Relief Grant Application

Be certain that you qualify before you put in your application
Ensure that all the needed documents requested are set before you begin your application process
When you are done, cross check the information you have provided to be sure everything is the way you want it before you submit
Since you will be receiving information on the status of your application from your phone, make sure you always have your phone on

For beneficiaries of the grant, they receive a stipend of R350 every month continuously for three months. This is what some people depend on for food, shelter and other basic amenities. Even though it was intended for three months, people continue to enjoy this stipend for six months depending on certain conditions.

In conclusion

The Social Relief Grant (SRD) has become a life saver for some people and they could not have survived but for it. Even though a temporal scheme, it has come to stay for years and has lessened the burden for a lot of families. It is however important to note that, before you apply, ensure that all your documents are correct and are current. If you submit any false document, you could be disqualified.