SRD Grant

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SRD Grant

SRD Grant | The SRD is an acronym for Social Relief of Distress. It was added to the list of grants that that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) gives to citizens as a result of the debilitating effects that COVID-19 had on the finances of people.

COVID-19 really brought down the business of many people and put them in such a bad state that people could no longer provide for their families anymore. As a result the government added the SRD to the number of grants it gives. As many people turn to apply for the fund, you must know exactly how to apply to be a beneficiary. Even though it is not meant to be a competitive thing, the sheer numbers have made it as such. In this article, you will be guided on how to put in a successful application to access this grant.

SRD Grant Eligibility criteria:

Qualifying for the SRD SASSA aid is not that difficult. The first thing to note is that, this particular scheme is for all citizens of South African citizens and anyone who is permanently resident in the country. If you are a citizen or a permanent resident and your income is below the minimum wage, you also fall within he bracket of people who can apply for this particular aid. The catch here is that, you must make sure, you are not in any other financial aid scheme before apply for this particular one. There are several other such grants like that for child support, disability and others, you must ensure you are not on any of those before applying for the SRD SASSA

Application process for SRD Grant:

The SASSA SRD grant can be applied for online, via WhatsApp or by visiting a SASSA office. The online application process is the most convenient and quickest method.

To apply online, follow these simple steps:

  • First open the official site of the SASSA online:
  • Look for the “SRD Grant” link on the homepage and click on it.
  • If this is the first time you are applying for the grant, you will have to register first.
  • You register by supplying some details about yourself: These include your name, your ID number, your telephone number and your residential address
  • After registration, an SMS will be sent to your number with your username and password.
  • Now, with the username and password given you, you can now log into your account
  • Go ahead and fill in the application form now by supplying the requested information such as your personal details, your bank details, and contact information.
  • Upon completing the form online, click on the “submit” button
  • Waiting patiently for a confirmation message

You can always check the status of your application by logging in to your account and clicking on the “check status” button.

To apply via WhatsApp, follow these instructions:

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

Take note

Please note that the SRD SASSA is not a permanent scheme, as such it is subject to change as and when government deems fit. For those who are able to qualify for it, they shall be getting a stipend of R350 every month for three months continuous. But the government might elongate the period of the help if it thinks it is worth extending.

To conclude

the SRD SASSA grant has come as short stop measure and not a permanent scheme. It is aimed at ameliorating the harsh condition COVID-19 brought to people economically through the provision of financial assistance. Most importantly, it is available to all citizens of South Africa and permanent citizens who do not have any work doing or who are paid below the minimum wage. Application can be done at their office or through the internet, and once you meet the requirements through the provision of the needed documents, you will be assisted and your financial burden within this period of economic hardship will be lessened. Because it is not a permanent scheme, it is always important to visit the official site of the scheme to get the latest on the grant.