Social relief of distress is a temporary provision of assistance intended for persons in such dire material need that they are unable to meet their or their families' most basic needs.
Social Relief of Distress is paid to South African citizens or permanent residents, who have insufficient means and meet one or more of the following criteria:
Period of Social Relief of Distress (New Policy)
Social Relief of Distress is issued monthly for a maximum period of 3 months. An extension a further 3 months may be granted in exceptional cases.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: No person who is in receipt of social grant may receive the grant and social relief of distress simultaneously.
Any person who receive both social relief and grant at the same time must repay the value of the social relief of distress received.
This will be recovered from any social grant payment, including an arrear payment. However, where the person who is in receipt of a social grant received social relief of distress as a result of a disaster, that amount will not be recovered.
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