Over 12 million South Africans have applied for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant in August.

This comes after the Department of Social Development announced a new amended regulations which included the increasing of the income threshold for the means test from R350 to R625.

This means that SRD R350 applicants who have an inflow of funds in their bank accounts of less than R624 (for that particular month) qualify to receive the SRD R350 grant with effect from August 2022.

Changes were made to regulations after a low number of approved SRD R350 applications for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) caused concern for both the Department of Social Development and Sassa.

There was also a public outcry regarding some of the regulations, which were deemed to be unlawful and to unfairly exclude some of the potential SRD R350 applicants, said Sassa.

“Sassa welcomes this new development, and the agency is hopeful that a greater number of qualifying applicants will now have access to this grant.”

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