South Africans will need to reapply for the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant as the government moves away from the national state of disaster framework, according to the Department of Social Development. The government has implemented new R350 grant rules meaning some procedures of getting the grants has changed.
According to the department, the entire application procedure would remain a totally digital process, allowing for quick access and turnaround times. Applications can be submitted through the SASSA website, and more information will be released as more application channels open. [ ¹]
“All candidates are reminded that they will be considered for the Covid-19 SRD from the month in which they submit their application, and this will be validated every month.” This means that beginning in April 2022, all applications submitted in April will be evaluated.”
The grant was first introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to help poor individuals and those who were left vulnerable as a result of the Covid outbreak. The Social Assistance Act will now be used to transfer it.
President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in February that the R350 grant would be extended until the end of March 2023 during his State of the Nation speech. More than ten million people rely on government assistance.
“Since the national disaster declaration was revoked in April, the Department of Social Development has worked to build a regulatory framework for the payment of the Covid-19 SRD award under the Social Assistance legislation,” it added.
In February 2022, the agency issued regulations for public comment, which it has already completed.
“The last processes, such as acquiring the needed approval and certification from the relevant ministries, have now been completed, and the minister of social development has published the rule in the government gazette, notice 2042 of 2022, on Friday, April 22, 2022.” [ ²]