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Regulations on Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant Drawn Up

April 26, 2022

Department of Social Development

Regulations on the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have been drawn up.

The social development department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 46271 in terms of the Social Assistance Act.

The notice points out that the Regulations were drafted with the concurrence of the finance minister.

During the 2022 State of the Nation Address, president Ramaphosa announced that the R350 Covid-19 SRD grant will be extended for a year from April 2022 to March 2023.

The Regulations focus on persons eligible for Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress; procedure for application for Covid Social Relief of Distress; date of application and consent by applicant to information sharing; amount and period of payment and appeal against decision of Agency.

The Regulations stipulate that people with insufficient means “may qualify for the social relief of distress called the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress”.

In a statement, the department indicated that the Regulations were drawn up following the lifting of the National State of Disaster in April in order to provide the regulatory framework for the payment of the Covid-19 SRD grant.

Draft Regulations were published for comment in February 2022.

The department emphasised that recipients will need to reapply for the grant.

“Given that the Covid-19 SRD will now be provided for under a new legislative framework, and that additional qualifying and assessment criteria will be added, those in need of assistance will have to apply for the Covid-19 SRD, or reapply if they were previously in receipt of this grant.”

The application system opened on 23 April 2022.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.