Social Relief Grant Application – 2022

The application for the SASSA Social relief of distress Grant for the academic year 2021/2022 is now open by SASSA Social relief of distress for all South Africans in South Africa. 

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The SASSA Social relief of distress hereby invites all outstanding students to apply for the 2021/2022 Grant. It is meant for students that intend to, or are currently studying towards degree and diploma programmes that are aligned to the following listed below:

  • All programmes

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SASSA SOCIAL RELIEF OF DISTRESS GRANT APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY

Social relief of distress is temporary provision of assistance intended for persons in such a dire material need that they are unable to meet their families’ most basic needs.

This could be due to any of the following factors:

  • you need help while you wait for your children’s grants to be processed
  • a crisis or disaster has occurred (e.g. your house has burnt down)
  • you do not qualify for a grant, and you are in a desperate situation
  • you are unable to work for a period of less than six month because you are medically unfit
  • you are unable to get maintenance from the other parent of your child or children
  • the breadwinner in the family has died
  • the breadwinner has been sent to prison for a short time (less than six months)
  • you have been affected by a disaster, but the area or community in which you live has not been declared a disaster area.

HOW TO APPLY FOR SASSA SOCIAL RELIEF OF DISTRESS GRANT

What you should do?

  1. Apply for social relief of distress at your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office.
  2. Submit your application with the following documents:
    • your 13-digit bar-coded identity document and your children’s birth certificates.
    • if your identity document and/or a birth certificate are not available:
      • an affidavit commissioned by a Justice of the Peace. The affidavit must contain a clause which indicates that provision of incorrect or inaccurate information will result in prosecution in terms of Section 21 of the Social Assistance Act, 2004.
      • a sworn statement by a reputable person who knows the applicant and the child. This may be from a councillor, traditional leader, social worker or minister of religion.
      • proof that an application for a birth certificate or identity document has been lodged with the Department of Home Affairs.
      • where applicable, a temporary identity document issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
      • a baptismal certificate.
      • a road to health clinic card.
      • a school report.
    • please note: No application can be processed without the sworn statement/affidavit.
  3. If you do not have an identity document and birth certificates, an affidavit from your local police station, chief, councillor or religious leader may be enough proof.
  4. Show proof that you:
    • have applied for a grant
    • have had an emergency (e.g. provide a police report that your house burnt down)
    • have tried to get maintenance
    • have no other support
    • are married, divorced, or single
    • have no income
    • have a short-term medical disability.

How long does it take?

  • Your application will be processed immediately.
  • Once your application is submitted, it will be assessed for credibility and your genuine need for the service.
  • Even if you do not have all the documents, you will get your first month’s food parcel, voucher or cash.
  • Remember to take all the documents to the officer before the second month’s payment is due. If you do not, you may not get your second and third month’s food parcel, voucher or cash.
  • If there is no change in your circumstances after you have received the grant for three months, you may apply to have the grant extended for another three months.

How much does it cost?

The service is free.

Forms to complete

The application form is not available online, but you can get it at your nearest SASSA office.

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