The government has dismissed reports of the social relief of distress (SRD) grants being increased to R3,500 as fake news.
This is after a message circulating on social media claimed more than three million South Africans would receive R3,500 for six months.
It reads: “Don’t miss out on this Government Covid-19. Support grant. More than 3 million South Africans will receive R3,500 for a period of six months. First time applicants receive payments within 24 hours after approval. It takes only few seconds to apply. Hurry!”
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The government has urged South Africans to refrain from circulating the message.
[#FakeNewsAlert] Please refrain from sharing this content with friends and family because it is not true. For any Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants related information- visit: https://t.co/JkqGwkbunx pic.twitter.com/crVYn3eRaO
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) March 3, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the special Covid-19 grant by a further three months, but the amount remains at R350.
There is no need to go to a Sassa office to apply as all SRD processes are done online. Those who have been receiving the grant and are in the system need not re-apply.
To qualify for the grant, one must be:
- South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees registered with Home Affairs;
- Resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
- Above the age of 18;
- Not receiving any income;
- Not receiving any social grant;
- Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and do not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
- Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme;
- Not receiving any other government Covid-19 response support; and
- Not resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.
Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde