Is the SRD R350 Grant Right for You? Check Eligibility Here

Social Relief of Distress (SRD) serves as a vital temporary provision of assistance for individuals facing severe material hardship, rendering them incapable of meeting their or their families’ most basic needs. It is essential to grasp the criteria and duration of SRD payments to navigate through challenging circumstances effectively.

Criteria for SRD Eligibility

SRD is available to South African citizens or permanent residents who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Awaiting payment of an approved social grant.
  2. Medically unfit for remunerative work for less than six months.
  3. Breadwinner’s death within three months of application.
  4. Lack of maintenance from obligated family members despite efforts to obtain it.
  5. Breadwinner’s admission to a state-funded institution (e.g., prison, psychiatric hospital).
  6. Affected by a defined disaster under relevant legislation.
  7. Not receiving assistance from any other organization.
  8. Refusal of SRD application would cause undue hardship.

Period of Social Relief of Distress

SRD is provided monthly for a maximum of three months initially. Exceptions may allow for a further three-month extension in extraordinary cases. However, simultaneous receipt of SRD and a social grant is prohibited. Recipients must repay the value of SRD if received concurrently with a social grant, which will be deducted from future grant payments, including arrears.


Understanding the criteria and duration of Social Relief of Distress payments is crucial for those experiencing severe financial hardship. By meeting the eligibility criteria and adhering to the payment guidelines, individuals can access vital temporary assistance during challenging times. South Africa’s commitment to providing support to vulnerable populations underscores the importance of navigating SRD effectively.

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