“The system will go live immediately when the regulations are published and we envisage to start making payments by the 15th of May 2020. Those who have applied during the trial run will be contacted to provide further information,” the Minister said.
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.
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;
How to Apply
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@sassa.gov.za.