President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed at the State of the Nation Address (Sona) that the special Covid-19 SRD (social relief or distress grant) grant is being extended.
The government first introduced the temporary emergency measure in April 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of its R500 billion stimulus package.
SRD subsidy extension
The SRD grant has been extended until March 2023 and applications are still being made online.
Citizens between the ages of 18 and 59 who have no source of income, or those who face unnecessary financial hardship due to unemployment during the pandemic, can ask for help.
- Go to https://srd.sassa.gov.za.
- Enter your ID number and mobile number and click ‘Send SMS’.
- You will then receive a six-digit OTP number, enter this number on the site and click on ‘Verify PIN code’.
- Proceed to step 2 and agree to the terms and conditions.
Apply via WhatsApp
- Send a WhatsApp message to 082 046 8553.
- You will then be asked to provide your personal information.
- Once the OTP number is received, enter it into the site and click ‘Verify’.
- You will then be asked to provide your last name and ID number.
- Confirm the details and proceed to step 2, agree to the terms.
Applicants can also call 0800 60 10 11 and choose option 3 for an official to submit a request for reconsideration on their behalf.
Denied SRD grant payments
If your application has been rejected, a request for review can be made through Sassa’s Covid-19 portal (https://srd.sassa.gov.za).
Government said all applicants who have already submitted a reconsideration request “must continue to submit requests for each month they are rejected”.
In addition, customers receiving the grant through the post office are encouraged to update their bank details on the Sassa Covid-19 portal so that the grant will be deposited into applicants’ personal bank accounts upon approval.
Sassa verifies all bank accounts before approving them, so make sure the details provided are correct to avoid delays.
SRD subsidy costs government R44 billion
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said during his inaugural national budget speech in Cape Town that the SRD subsidy will cost the government R44 billion over the next 12 months.
He said the Ministry of Social Development would receive the largest allocation of R58.6 billion for its social welfare programs in the medium term.
“This Emergency” [R350] subsidy added to the country’s already extensive social safety net. South Africa now pays subsidies to more than 46% [approximately 18 million South Africans] of the population,” he says.