Organization Name : SASSA South African Social Security Agency
Facility Name : How to Access R350 COVID-19 Grant?
Applicable For : Individuals who are currently unemployed
Website : https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/how-access-r350-covid-19-grant
SASSA Unemployment R350 Grant
Government has outlined the process for the application of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant for individuals who are currently unemployed.
Related / Similar Service : SASSA SRD Online Application
The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant will be implemented in terms of the existing avenue provided for by the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) channel, which is administered in accordance with the provisions as set in the Social Assistance Act, 2004.
The qualifying criteria for the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress of R350 per month for distressed individuals is as follows
1. The grant will be available to South African Citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees registered on the Home Affairs system; who are resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
2. Applicants must be
** Above the age of 18;
** Not receiving any income;
** Not receiving any social grant;
** Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
** Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
** Not a resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.
How to Access R350 Grant?
An application for social relief of distress or a social grant may be lodged electronically over and above any other available means of lodging such applications.
The measures applicable include sending a WhatsApp message to 0600 123 456 and selecting SASSA or an E-mail to SRD [AT] sassa.gov.za. We are still finalising additional access channels and including SMS, self-help desks and an online application process.
For people with no access to technology, volunteers will be trained to assist applicants who cannot use technology and will be provided with gadgets to capture details on behalf of applicants
Prospective Applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for processing of their applications
** Identity Number/Department of Home permit;
** Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
** Gender and Disability;
** Banking details – Bank Name and Account Number;
** Contact details – Cell phone number;
** Proof of Residential Address;
Payment of Grant
Payment of the grant will be made mainly through bank accounts of the applicants and through cash send measures through banks.
The benefit/grant will be paid from the date of approval up to the end of October 2020 provided the qualifying criteria listed continues to be met. So if applicants apply in June, their payments will be from June and there will be no back pay.
Applicants should note that by virtue of application, all applicants grant consent to SASSA to verify their residency, sources of income and/or social security benefits with government departments and financial institutions; including – all ID/ Permits will be cross checked against other data sources.