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More people will now qualify for the R350 SRD grant – Here’s why

With the revised regulations, more persons in need can receive the R350 Social Relief Distress (SRD) award from the Department of Social Development

The Department of Social Development has earlier advocated raising the income level for the means test to R624, which would bring the payment into reach for more people. So, around 5 million people who had more over R350 in their bank accounts during the month they applied for were turned down. 


On Monday, August 15, Lindiwe Zulu, minister of the Department of Social Development, revealed in the government gazette that the monthly income criterion would be increased to R624. 

There will be changes to the official journal. An image from the Social Development Administration. 

According to recent data from the South African Social Security Agency, more than 50% of all applicants for the R350 SRD award are under the age of 30. (SASSA). Specifically. 

Sixty percent of those applying for SRD grants are younger than 35, forty percent have a high school diploma, and five percent have a bachelor's degree or above. The organization claims that this correlates with the about 63% youth unemployment rate. 

As of July 19th, 4 088 873 out of 5 298 817 approved candidates had received their R350 grant, as reported by SASSA. 

Current information suggests that SASSA has started paying June's applicants and will start paying those who successfully appealed their denials of benefits in August 2021. As of June 2022, 3,729,000 beneficiaries out of a total of 5,273,000 had already been paid.

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