The temporary COVID-19 grant of R350 is for the unemployed over the age of 18, who are receiving no other form of government assistance, including from the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
Once applications are approved, SASSA will request confirmation of bank accounts though a secure site – this will also be done electronically. Applicants have the right to request confirmation that a request is from SASSA in order to protect themselves.
Payment will be effected through deposits made directly into an approved applicant’s bank account if they have one. Applicants without bank accounts can also apply and their payment will be effected through a money transfer.
Applicants without smartphones will also be able to access this new platform through a Short Message Service (SMS) using the Unstructured Supplementary Data Service (USSD). Volunteers and community development workers will be deployed to assist those who have no access to technology with applications. Manual applications will not be done at SASSA offices at all and there will be no need to fill in paper application forms.
How to apply for Special COVID19 Social Relief of Distress Grant
Applications for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief Grant may be lodged by sending:
- WhatsApp message to 0600 123 456 and selecting SASSA or
- by sending an email to SRD@sassa.gov.za