Is There A Difference Between Sassa SRD Grant And R350 Grant?

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in incharge of the distribution of a number of different social support grants. 


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Have you ever wondered if there's a difference between the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the R350 grant?

The answer is no, there is no difference. The terms SRD and R350 grant both refer to the grant that was introduced to provide relief to unemployed people affected by the lockdown.  

Approximately 46% of South Africa’s population are beneficiaries of a social grant distributed by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

These grants include the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, Disability grant, War Veterans grant, Child Support grant, Grant-in-aid, Older Persons grant, Foster care grant and the Care Dependency grant.

The SRD grant was introduced as the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant, with the monetary value of the grant being R350. This has seen the SRD grant commonly be referred to as the R350 grant.

The SRD grant was introduced to assist unemployed individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The grant is aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 59-years-old.

This age cohort does not receive any other financial support from the government. This as people would need to be 60 years old to benefit from the older persons grant or younger than 18 to benefit from the child support grant.

The SRD grant benefits more than nine million South Africans, however, it is expected to end in March 2022. Unions have called for the SRD grant to be extended beyond the March 2022 deadline as well as raining the value of the grant to at least be the same as the food poverty line.

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