How To Apply COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress

One of the interventions the South African government has put in place to help South Africans in the COVID-19 is the social relief of distress. Many people were thinking of how to apply and this article addresses that.  


Applications for the R350 SASSA Social relief of distress are currently open. You can have some other information about this by checking out the URL below; Bear in mind that this is a temporal payment to helo people who are in distress in this critical time and are unable to meet their families’ most essential requirements. 

This grant is for; 

  • People who need assistance as they wait for their children’s grants to be processed. 
  • People who have had an emergency or fiasco 
  • People who don’t meet all requirements for a grant
  • People who have been out of work for at least six months because they are medicinally ill-suited.  

To apply for this grant, visit your closest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office. You will be required to present your application with the accompanying documents: 

  • Your 13-digit bar-coded identity record and your kids’ birth certificates. In the event that your identity record is missing, present the following; 
  • an affidavit commissioned by a Justice of the Peace. The affidavit must contain a clause that indicates that provision of incorrect or inaccurate information will result in prosecution in terms of Section 21 of the Social Assistance Act, 2004. 
  • a sworn statement by a reputable person who knows the applicant and the child. This may be from a councilor, traditional leader, social worker, or minister of religion. 
  • evidence that an application for a birth declaration or character archive has been held up with the Department of Home Affairs. 
  • where relevant, a brief personality report gave by the Department of Home Affairs. 
  • a baptismal declaration. 
  • a school report. 
  • It will be prudent to note that your application will be processed without the sworn affidavit. 

On the off chance that you don’t have a personality report and birth certificates, a sworn statement from your neighborhood police headquarters, boss, councilor, or strict pioneer might be sufficient verification, show confirmation that you: 

  • have applied for an award 
  • have had a crisis 
  • have attempted to get support 
  • have no other help 
  • are hitched, separated, or single 
  • have no salary 
  • have a transient clinical inability. 

After doing any of the above, your application will be prepared right away. 

When your application is submitted, it will be evaluated for validity and your certified requirement for assistance. 

Regardless of whether you don’t have every one of the documents, you will get your first month’s food bundle, voucher, or money. 

Make sure to take every one of the records to the office before the second month’s installment is expected. On the off chance that you don’t, you may not get your second and third month’s food bundle, voucher, or money. 

In case there is no adjustment of your conditions after you have gotten the grant for 90 days, you might apply to have the grant reached out for an additional three months. 

Note that the service is a free service and you can only get the forms at the SASSA office. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office.

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31 thoughts on “How To Apply COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress”

  1. Thabo itumeleng

    I like you guys to make an application for me please ID 9108206256085
    Numbers 0660248298

  2. Thabo .Abel .Selengoane

    I apply releif fund for covid 19 becaos i am not working .ID number 6307125430085

    Please make loud and clear explanation.

    thanks in advance !!!

  4. Please I want to apply for SRD GRANTS R350 for many people in my area by helping them just to show them….
    ussd code….
    on whatsapp… e.t.c
    please give all implementable explanation

    thanks in advance

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