The Department Of Social Development Has Warned South Africans Against Applying For A “Fake” R550 SRD Grant Advertisement
The Department of Social Development has called on vulnerable South Africans to ignore an advertisement for a new Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.
The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is a crucial support measure for millions of vulnerable South Africans. However, it’s important to note that you can only apply for the SRD grant on the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) R350 grant website.
This comes after a suspicious advertisement has called on South Africans to apply for a new “R550 SRD grant”. The Department of Social Development (DSD) said the advertisement is fake and is not from the department.
Fake posts have been circulating on multiple social media platforms advertising newly approved R550 grant payments for South Africans.
It states “Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R550 payments is a temporary provision of assistance intended for persons in such a dire material need that they are unable to meet their families’ most basic needs.”
The post also contains a hyperlink on which applicants can click on to apply for the grant. The DSD has called on people to ignore these messages and not click on the link. They said the post is fake news.
The value of the SRD grant is R350. Applicants can only apply for the grant on the SRD website. Unsuccessful applicants can submit a grant appeal to the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA).