SASSA APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE : R350 Relief of Distress Grant

The Special Social Relief of Distress Grant, the amount to be paid to a qualifying applications will be R350 per month from May – October 2020.

The qualifying criteria for the special Social Relief of Distress of R350 per month for distressed individuals is as follows:

  • The grant will be available to South African Citizen.
  • Permanent Resident or Refugee 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 subsidised institution.

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

  • Identity Number/Department of Home 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;

In terms of Application process, Application for social relief of distress or a social grant may be lodged electronically over and above any other available means of lodging such applications.

The measures applicable include sending a WhatsApp message to 0600 123 456 and selecting SASSA or an E-mail to SRD@sassa.gov.za. We are still finalising additional access channels and including SMS, self-help desks and online application process.

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