As an expert in the realm of South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grants, I can affirm that the Special Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, commonly known as the SASSA SRD R350 grant, remains a vital lifeline for many vulnerable individuals in 2024. 

Originally introduced as a temporary measure, the SRD grant continues to play a crucial role in alleviating financial hardships faced by South Africans, particularly those affected by the economic challenges exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Over the years, the grant has evolved in response to the dynamic socio-economic landscape, showcasing the government’s commitment to addressing the immediate needs of its citizens. 

This post aims to shed light on the application process of this grant, and the ongoing significance of the SASSA SRD R350 grant, illustrating its resilience and adaptability as a key component of the social welfare system in South Africa.

If you have applied for the SRD grant then get notified about your SRD status check details for this month.

What Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350?

Name of GrantSocial Relief of Distress (SRD) R350
Grant Payment350 Rands/month
Chair Person of GrantFinance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Eligible forSouth African Citizens
Payment DatesSRD Payment Date for 2024

The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 emerged as a crucial intervention in response to the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Introduced by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in May 2020, this grant aimed to provide immediate financial relief to individuals who found themselves in distress due to the widespread economic disruptions triggered by the global health crisis. 

Initially conceived as a short-term measure to address the acute challenges posed by the pandemic, the grant was intended to provide support for six months.

However, recognizing the persistent economic impact and ongoing hardships faced by many South Africans, the government extended the duration of the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant, allowing it to continue beyond its initial timeline. Remarkably, as of March 2024, the grant has proven to be an enduring source of assistance, reflecting its sustained relevance in the face of persistent economic challenges.

The grant disburses a monthly amount of R350 to eligible recipients, acting as a crucial financial lifeline for those grappling with the socio-economic repercussions of the pandemic. This nominal yet impactful sum seeks to alleviate immediate financial burdens, addressing the basic needs of vulnerable individuals and families during a time of heightened uncertainty.

The extension of the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant until March 2024 underscores the government’s commitment to supporting its citizens through a prolonged recovery period. This measure reflects a recognition of the prolonged economic effects of the pandemic and the necessity of continued assistance to vulnerable populations. The grant’s resilience and extension highlight its pivotal role in the broader strategy to mitigate the socio-economic challenges triggered by the unprecedented global health crisis.

Eligibility Criteria for SASSA SRD R350 Grant in 2024

The application for the SRD grant is easy but you need to be eligible for this grant. If you are a new applicant and going to apply for this grant for the first time then here are the eligibility criteria that you need to follow:

Eligibility Criteria for SASSA SRD R350 Grant in 2024
  • South African Citizenship or Permanent Residency: Applicants must be South African citizens, asylum seekers, or permanent residents.
  • Age Requirement: Applicants should be 18 to 60 years old to qualify for the grant.
  • No Access to Other Forms of Income or Grants: Individuals who are currently employed, receiving a salary, or benefiting from other social grants are typically excluded. The grant is specifically designed for those without a stable income source.
  • Unemployment Status: One of the key eligibility criteria is unemployment. Applicants should not be employed or earning a regular income. Also, the monthly income should be less than R624.
  • Not Receiving UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund) Benefits: Individuals who are not receiving benefits from the UIF are eligible for the SRD R350 Grant.
  • Not Receiving any Other Social Grants: Individuals who are not recipients of any other social grants provided by SASSA, such as the Old Age Grant, Child Support Grant, or Disability Grant, may qualify for the SRD R350 Grant.
  • No Maintenance Income: Applicants should not be receiving maintenance income from a former spouse or partner.
  • Not Residing in a Government-Funded or Subsidized Institution: Individuals residing in government-funded or subsidized institutions do not qualify for the grant.
  • Bank Account and Identification: Applicants are required to have a valid bank account as the grant is paid through electronic funds transfer (EFT). Additionally, a valid South African identity document is essential.

How to Apply for a Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant?

You can apply for the SRD grant if you fulfill the eligibility criteria. If your application is approved, you will get R350 every month.

SRD R350 Grant Online Application Process:

SRD R350 Grant Online Application Process:
  1. Visit the SASSA official website (
  2. On this website, you need to choose between “South African ID Holders” or “Asylum Seekers and Special Permit Holders” before you start the application process.
  3. Choose your preferred option and continue to the next step.
  4. On this page, you will see an option of “Click here to apply online” so click on it.
  5. Now you will land on a new page where you need to enter your mobile number to get an SMS from SASSA.
  6. Enter your mobile number and get an OTP to verify your number.
  7. Now provide your ID number as well.
  8. Upload all the required documents. (ID documents, proof of address, and proof of unemployment).
  9. Click on the Apply for SRD grant button to apply online.
  10. Now submit your application and wait for the approval. That’s it.

Apply for SRD R350 Grant In Person

You have another option to apply for the SRD R350 grant. You can visit the SASSA office and submit your application.

  1. Visit the nearest SASSA office and ask them to provide you with the application form for the SRD grant.
  2. Fill out the form with valid details and attach all the required documents such as ID, proof of address, and bank statement.
  3. Submit the form and wait for the approval.

How to Check SRD Status After Submitting the Application?

You need to visit the SASSA website if you want to check your SRD status. You can also use our website to check your R350 status online. Just go to the R350 status check page and check your status with your ID number and phone number.

SASSA SRD R350 Payment Dates 2024

If your application is approved then you need to know about your SRD grant payment date as well. Because you should know when will your R350 payment be available for the collection. However, in 2024, SASSA has decided to pay only via bank deposit. So you need to have a valid bank account in your name to get the SASSA SRD grant payment.

Here are the payment dates for SRD R350 for 2024:

January 202420-01-2024


What happens if your R350 is approved but no payment date?

You need to get your payment date right after the approval of your SRD grant. If your SRD R350 grant is approved and you haven’t received an SMS from the SASSA about your payment date then your payment is still pending.

How long does it take for R350 to be approved?

There is no specific time for the approval of R350. However, the usual time for grant application approval is 30 days to 90 days.

How do I appeal my declined SASSA?

To lodge an appeal for your SRD grant you need to visit the SASSA website enter your ID number and phone number and then apply.

Why is my SRD R350 still pending for 2024?

SASSA is dealing with a huge number of SRD R350 grant applications. So this is the reason your status is still pending.

How do you check if your R350 has been approved for 2024?

You need to visit the SASSA website and enter your phone number along with your ID number to check whether your R350 is approved or not.

How to fix my declined R350 SASSA?

You need to submit the reapplication for the SASSA R350 grant online to fix the declined status.