SASSA Covid-19 SRD Grant | All you need to know

Welcome. Are you looking for Information On the SASSA SRD Grant? If yes, Then you are in the right place. This article contains all the necessary information pertaining to the SRD grant. I have taken time to compile all the useful and authentic information about the grant into this page so that people (like you of course, lol) that have questions about the grant will be well informed. I promise that by the time you’ll be done reading this article and the other articles linking to this page. you will be well-informed about the SASSA SRD grant and how it works. So without further ado. Let’s get to it.


Please note: Due to the sheer length of information on the SASSA SRD grant, This article has been split into other sub-articles. You can easily find the links to the pages that contain the information you need below in other for you not to stress yourself reading what you already know.

Reference links to other Sub-Articles

What is SASSA

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a South African government national agency established in April 2005 to operate South Africa’s social security system. This includes the distribution of social benefits, on behalf of the Department of Social Development (DSD). DSD and the Ministry of Social Development have oversight but not operational authority. SASSA is a public entity under Schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act, having been established in provisions of the Social Assistance Act of 2004 and the South African Social Security Agency Act of 2004. [2] Busisiwe Memela-Khambula was its CEO in 2022.

SASSA was established in 2005 to centralize the provision of social security aid (which had previously been exclusively a provincial responsibility), in order to decrease corruption and improve service delivery.  It was inspired by its Australian counterpart, Centrelink.  Its primary functions are the administration and delivery of social grants, which benefit a considerable part of the South African population: 46% of South Africans will receive a social grant in 2022.  SASSA’s responsibilities include processing social security assistance applications, checking and approving applications, disbursing and paying grants to eligible beneficiaries, and preventing and detecting fraud.

What is the SRD Grant

The Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD Grant) is administered in terms of section 32 of the Social Assistance Act, 2004 (Act No. 13 of 2004) and is implemented with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance.
The Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD Grant) is meant for South African Citizens, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Special Permit Holders who are between the ages of 18 and 60 years, who have insufficient means, who do not receive social grants on behalf of herself/ himself or who are not contributing to or eligible for UIF payment and have no financial support from any other source.

SRD Grant Eligibility

Yes. The Sassa grant is not available to everyone. There are certain criteria that a person must attain before he or she is considered for the grant. Please endeavor to check your eligibility status before applying.


How to Apply for the SRD Grant

Are you eligible for the SRD grant? If yes, Congrats! The next phase is –How to apply. There is more than one mode to apply for the grant.

This process is very straightforward if you follow the instructions listed in this article. Please follow each and every step carefully, and avoid making mistakes. These mistakes might delay your application.

Step 1: Choose a mode of Application.

As I said above. there are modes of the application when it comes to the SRD grant. See the articles listed below for information on how to apply for the SRD Grant using different modes.


After Applying you need to Agree to the terms and Conditions before continuing the process. In other to do that you should:

  • Read the Declaration and Consent Document
  • Agree to the content of the Declaration and Consent Document
  • Read and understand the You and your Special COVID-19 SRD Grant document
  • Agree to understand the contents of the You and Your Special COVID-19 SRD Grant document


At this point. You’ll need to provide your personal details to continue. You have to just provide your ID Number, Name, Surname
as it is printed on the ID Document/Card


Provide other personal Details e.g. address, gender, etc. requested.


At this step. you need to choose a payment option that suits you more and submit your banking details or any other details required for the SRD Grant.

See How to Choose payment option and Add Bank details for more information.


After completing the above-listed steps. you will receive an sms later on your mobile number. This sms is to acknowledge your submission of your Banking details for the SRD Grant application.

A sample of the message looks like this:

Message Sample:
Application ID: 123456, 88…081. SASSA confirms the successful update of banking details for BANK NAME. Your
SRD Grant application is now active.

It is important to provide SASSA with a mobile number where we will be able to reach you to send an SMS if you are declined or with regard to your banking details.


Finally, we are here. At this point. the only thing remaining is to validate that you are authentic and not a fraud.  You don’t have to do anything here. You just have to wait. the organization will do the following:

  • ID Number, name, and surname provided by you are verified with the Department of Home Affairs data
  • ID Number is matched against approved databases such as UIF, SARS, NSFAS,  etc.
  • Fraud Risk Scoring is done with Fraud prevention partners- The Client ID number and Mobile number are checked against the approved databases
  • Application is Approved or Declined with reason

How to Check SASSA SRD Grant Status

After applying you need to check for your SRD Grant Application status to know whether your application has been approved or declined in other for you to know your next move.

See SRD Grant Status Check for more information.

RECONSIDERATION and How to Apply for Reconsideration.

You ONLY apply for reconsideration if your application is declined. Fortunately,  you have the right to request reconsideration within 30 days of receiving the declined reason.
You must request reconsideration for each month that the application is declined.

See How to apply for Reconsideration for more information.


If by any chance you want to cancel your Application, you can do it easily

See How to cancel SRD Grant for more info


do you want to reinstate your SRD grant application? if yes.

Then See How to reinstate my SRD Grant for information.

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