How to apply for the Social Relief of Distress?

Do you need help putting food on the table while going through an emergency? If so, you can read on to learn how to apply for the Social Relief of Distress!

by Victória Lourenço

Published on 03/14/2023

Social Relief of Distress application: Immediate response!

Learn how to apply for this social benefit. Source: The Mister Finance.
Learn how to apply for this social benefit. Source: The Mister Finance.

If you’re a South African national going through difficult times, you understand the importance of financial aid. So, you may want to learn how to apply for the Social Relief of Distress.


Social Benefit

Social Relief of Distress

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Get the financial help you need with the Social Relief of Distress benefit!

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Also, you may know that one way to get much-needed help is by applying for Social Relief of Distress (SRD).

But what about the application process? How quickly and easily can assistance arrive once SRD has been applied for?

We review each step involved in applying for relief so that you know exactly what is required on your side before seeing if you qualify for SRD’s assistance.

Therefore, the answer lies in understanding how timely response times may vary by region and why efficient paperwork can make all the difference — keep reading to learn more!

Application Process for the Social Relief of Distress

You can get instant help if you have an emergency. Source: Canva.
You can get instant help if you have an emergency. Source: Canva.

You can apply for this grant at your nearest South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) office.

Moreover, you’ll be able to take the documents you need. For example, proof of identity (there are other ways to prove your identity if your official ID is unavailable).

In addition, you can check the status of your application and more updated information on the official SASSA website.


You need to follow some requirements before you can try to apply for this government benefit.

So, you’ll need to have gone through one of these situations to apply (and comply with some income requirements):

  • You need assistance whilst the awards for your child are being processed;
  • You have been in an emergency circumstance (such as losing your home in a fire) and do not qualify for a grant; Also, you have been medically disabled and will be out of work for fewer than six months;
  • You have no access to child support from the other parent.

Also, you need to know that there can be other requirements to qualify for this grant.

Another recommendation: Child Support Grant

You can apply for the Child support grant if you need help raising one or more children. However, you’ll need to meet all the requirements before you can get this grant.

Moreover, you’ll be able to get monthly amounts to each child to get the food or other supplies you may need.

In addition, this program can take up to three months to get a response about the application.

Therefore, you can apply for this program to get the benefit later. And you can try to get the Social relief grant if you are in a real emergency and can’t wait three months!

child support grant

How to apply for Child Support Grant?

Looking for ways to raise your child, but you need more money? If so, you can read on to see if you can apply for the Child Support Grant!

About the author

Victória Lourenço

Victória Lourenço is part of the finance writer team for The Mister Finance website. She is a translator and copywriter, having worked on finance topics for over four years. She has a goal to keep studying finances to help people learn more about how to use their credit cards, make loans, and use other money-related products in a way that they can find a more meaningful and healthy financial life!

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Aline Barbosa

Senior Editor

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