sassa distress grant 2023-2024

sassa distress grant 2023-2024

sassa distress grant 2023-2024

sassa distress grant 2023-2024

Social Relief of Distress is a temporary form of assistance provided to individuals who are in dire need of financial aid and are unable to provide for their most basic needs. Citizens and permanent residents of South Africa who meet one or more of the following conditions and have limited means are eligible for Social Relief of Distress:

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for social relief of distress:

  • The applicant must expect to receive authorized social assistance.
  • The applicant must have been medically incapable of performing paid work for less than six months.
  • The application must be submitted within three months of the breadwinner's death.
  • The applicant must not have contacted a parent, child, or spouse who is legally required to pay maintenance, and there must be proof that attempts to contact them have been unsuccessful.
  • The primary breadwinner of the family must have been admitted to a state-funded facility, such as a prison, psychiatric hospital, state home for older persons, substance abuse treatment center, or child and youth care center.
  • The Disaster Management Act or the Fund Raising Act, which define a disaster, may have an impact on the application.
  • The applicant must not be receiving assistance from any other source.

If you meet these criteria, applying for social relief of distress can help prevent unnecessary suffering.

The Social Relief of Distress Period (New Policy)

  • Social grant recipients are not eligible for social relief of distress, and if they receive both forms of assistance, they will need to repay the social assistance amount. This amount will be deducted from future social assistance payments, including any arrears. However, if the social grant recipient received social relief of distress in the event of a disaster, they will not need to repay the amount.


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