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Organization Name : SASSA South African Social Security Agency
Facility Name : Special Covid-19 SRD Grant 2021 Online Application
Applicable For : Individuals who are currently unemployed
Website : https://www.sassa.gov.za/newsroom/articles/Pages/Speaking-Notes-For-Minister-Zulu%E2%80%99s-Media-Briefing-Following-The-Announcement-Of-The-Re-Introduction-Of-Covid-19-Srd-Grant.aspx
SASSA Special Covid-19 SRD Grant
Announcement Of The Re-Introduction Of The Special Covid-19 SRD Grant 2021
Related / Similar Service : SASSA GovChat App Login
New SRD Grant
** All recipients who may have not received some of their payments during the first iteration of the grant between May 2020 – April 2021 will certainly receive their payments and this new iteration will not affect those payments.
** Those recipients who have not updated their details are once again reminded to respond to SASSA requests to update their information. For this new iteration, we have been allocated R26.7billion which is inclusive of administrative costs borne by SASSA, and this is for a period of 8 months with effect from August 2021 until March 2022.
** During the first iteration of the grant, almost 10 million applications were received with just over 6 million approved for payment to the tune of R24 billion and an additional R15 billion was paid as top-ups for a period of 6 months to all grant types.
** We are also pleased that 100% of these applications were online or digital applications which actually quickened the entire process. We have taken note that the majority of the previous applications were paid to males between the ages of 18-35.
** This was due to the fact that we did not change the eligibility criteria for the R350 grant after the expiry of the caregivers grant. This resulted in a gender imbalance wherein the caregiver grant, which was accessed primarily by women, expired in October 2020, whereas the R350 grant, which was accessed primarily by men, was extended until April 2021.
The eligibility criteria for the grant has now been opened to include caregivers, the majority of whom are women.
** The application channels will be opened from Friday, 06 August 2021 from 09h00 and we expect that first payments to be made in the last week of August 2021.
** The new application will only be effective from August 2021. The applications shall be considered from the month of application and paid up to 31 March 2022 provided the qualifying criteria continue to be met.
This requirement will be confirmed through the monthly validations of every application. It is important to note that there will be NO AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION – all applications must satisfy the criteria and will be subjected to the entire validation process.
SRD Grant Eligibility Criteria
A Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350 per month as indicated in the Directions is payable for the period indicated therein to a person who is —
(a) a South African Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee registered on the Home Affairs database and persons who are holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit dispensation and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation, and asylum seekers whose section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on 15 March 2020;
(b) Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
(c) above the age of 18 and below the age of 60;
(e) not receiving any social grant in respect of himself or herself;
(f) not receiving an unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive an unemployment insurance benefit;
(g) not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and other financial aid;
(h) not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support; and
(i) not a resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.
– Care givers who are not receiving any grant on their own behalf will also be eligible to apply for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.
SRD Grant Online Registration
Step 1 : Visit the official website through the following URL https://srd.sassa.gov.za/
Step 2 : Next, Click on the “Apply Online” button.
Step 3 : Fill the required details to apply for this grant.
Step 4 : Or you can use the following channel WhatsApp: 082 046 8553
** You only have to apply once via this web site or the above WhatsApp number and not many times on every channel.
** SASSA will only process one application received from each applicant.
** Firstly, that people’s circumstances may have changed over time;
** Secondly, in order to confirm clients’ personal details, and assess their income and financial status;
** Thirdly, applicants need to accept the declaration and consent, which has been strengthened to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) which came to effect on 21 July 2021; and
** In order to access or to have the application reconsidered for the Social Relief of Distress Grant, an applicant must grant consent for SASSA to verify his or her identity, residency, income or social security benefits with any other institution deemed necessary by SASSA.
Payments of the Special SRD Grant
** SASSA shall pay the Special COVID19 SRD Grant into a bank account of the beneficiary. With applicants who are unbanked or do not have bank accounts, SASSA will pay through SAPO/Post Bank; or a Bank Mobile Money Transfers (cash send).
** It is important for applicants to note that the bank account or the cellular phone number provided for payment MUST be registered in the name of the approved applicant for the grant to ensure that payment goes to the correct recipients.
** We also appeal to all applicants to provide information on a bank account through which they can be paid, so that we can reduce the long queues at the post office branches and improve convenience to all our clients and reduce the risk of the spread of COVID -19.
** It is also important for every applicant to provide the correct mobile number through which he/she can be contacted, as all communication with applicants will be through sms notifications.
For all other queries applicants may contact our call centre on 0800 60 10 11 or email grantenquiries [AT] sassa.gov.za
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