SASSA Has Declined Over 3.7 million SRD Grant Applications

On Sunday night President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africans on the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. In his speech, he also provided an update on the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant.

The President announced that to date, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has received more than 13 million applications for the R350 SRD grant.

SASSA has approved more than 8.3 million SRD grant applications and has commenced with the payments to the successful applicants.

SASSA has however declined more than 3.7 million applications. The main for the rejections were due to applicants having additional sources of income or receiving relief from either the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) or the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Around 845 000 grant applications are in the validation process

SRD grant applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:

  • Be a South African Citizen, a Permanent Resident or Refugee registered on the Home Affairs database.
  • Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa
  • ​Above the age of 18 and below the age of 60
  • ​Unemployed
  • ​Not receiving any social grant in respect of himself or herself
  • ​Not receiving an unemployment insurance benefit or qualify to receive an unemployment insurance benefit
  • Not receiving a stipend from NSFAS and other financial aid

If your SRD grant application is denied, follow the steps listed below so SASSA can re-evaluate your application 

Visit the SRD Website:

Step 1: Find the Application for Reconsideration tab.
Step 2: Click on where it says ‘click here to apply for reconsideration’.
Step 3: You will be asked to provide your ID number and Mobile number.
Step 4: Follow the prompts to complete the reconsideration of your payment.

Ramaphosa said, “Along with the other measures we have put in place, this grant is providing critical assistance to unemployed South Africans at this most difficult time”.



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