The special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant of R350 per month for the next 6 months will be paid to South African citizens, refugees or permanent residents.


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
  • Not resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution


  • Identity Number / Department of Home Permit
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials)
  • Banking Details – Bank name and account number
  • Contact Details – Cellphone Number
  • Proof of Residential Address


Send a WhatsApp message to 082 046 8553.

Type in this number on your phone *134*7737#

You can apply via email at


NOTE: Payments will be made through direct deposits into bank accounts or a money transfer to a mobile phone.


SASSA Call Centre – 0800 60 10 11

Call centre is available working hours only


– Only use WhatsApp, USSD or email to apply. Do not go into their offices in person. Application channels are very busy at the moment, so be patient.

– Community workers will be deployed to help people who don’t have access to technology to apply

– Applications and payments will be all electronic. No paper applications at all. No cash. You cannot apply in person either at SASSA offices

– Applications need a residential address entered, but won’t always need proof of address documents where it’s not possible eg. informal residence

– If you have a bank account, do not give your details to anyone. Only after your application is approved will you be asked for bank name and account number for payment. If you don’t have a bank account you will be paid via cash send

– SASSA offices will open from Monday to Thursday every week to public with only 30% of staff. Monday and Tuesday open for elderly grant applications and Wednesday and Thursday open for child support and foster care grant. All other grants including disability cannot be applied for now.

– Temporary disability grants that expired in February and March will be reinstated now and paid until October

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