2024 SASSA SRD Grant: Updated Eligibility Criteria & What It Means for You

By Mothushi Thoka | 15 April 2024

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced changes to the eligibility criteria for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, also known as the R350 grant, for 2024. These updates are essential for both current and prospective grant recipients to understand.

New Eligibility Criteria:

According to the official SASSA website (https://srd.sassa.gov.za/), the following criteria will be used to assess eligibility for the 2024 SRD grant:

  • Must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee registered on the Home Affairs system.
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 59.
  • Must be unemployed and not receiving any other social grant or UIF payment.
  • Must have a monthly income below R624. (This is a decrease from the previous threshold of R350.)
  • Must not be receiving NSFAS funding or other government COVID-19 response support.
  • Must not be residing in a government-funded or subsidized institution.

What This Means for Current Recipients:

If you're currently receiving the SRD grant, you'll need to reapply for the 2024 cycle. Your eligibility will be reassessed based on the new criteria.

The most significant change for many will be the lowered income threshold of R624. If your monthly income exceeds this amount, you may no longer qualify for the grant.

Next Steps:

  • If you believe you still meet the new eligibility requirements, make sure to reapply for the 2024 SRD grant when applications open.
  • Stay informed about any further updates from SASSA through their official website and communication channels.
  • If you have questions or concerns about your eligibility, contact SASSA directly for assistance.

Important Note:

Always refer to the official SASSA website for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the SRD grant and its eligibility criteria.