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Apply for R350 Covid-19 Special Grant

Apply for R350 Covid-19 Special Grant: Since the announcement made by the president and minister of social development, everybody has been asking the same question “How to Apply for R350 Covid-19 Special Grant”? We have the updated Whatsapp number and email address

The special grant for relief of distress during the Covid-19 pandemic will be R350 and paid on the 15th of May.  You can apply via Whatsapp on a dedicated number and by email.

Sassa is there to provide social grants to people who are “vulnerable to poverty and in need of state support” so that their standard of living can be improved. The current state of South Africa and the impact lockdown has had on the economy and employment in the country, many people have had their standard of living be significantly decreased while a major loss of jobs has also been seen. 

In order to bring relief to individuals who are are unemployed during this period, a special Covid Relief Grant has been set up where individuals who apply and are successful in applying will receive R350.

The first payment should be made on the 15th May.

Requirements To Receive This Grant

  • You must be unemployed
  • You must not be receiving any other grants (eg. child support, NSFAS, pension, etc.) 
  • You must not be receiving fund from the UIF
  • You must not be receiving any income
  • You must not be a resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution
  • You are above the age of 18
  • You must be a South African Citizen/Permanent resident in South Africa Registered refugee/

How To Apply

Your application must be done electronically. Ways to do so include:

  • sending a Whatsapp message to 0600 123 456 and selecting SASSA
  • sending an email to SRD@sassa.gov.za

The Whatsapp process is still undergoing testing and will be available soon. The Careers Portal will keep you updated and publish details as they are made available.

If you wish to apply, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Identity number/Department of Home permit
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID as well as your initials
  • Gender and Disability
  • Banking details
    • Bank Name
    • Account number
  • Contact details
  • Proof of Residential Address

If you have no access to devices and internet to apply, volunteers will be trained so that you can be assisted including having devices where details can be captured on behalf of the individual applying.

You will receive the outcome of your application the same way in which you applied. If you applied via email, you will receive an email stating whether you can receive the grant or not and the same for Whatsapp communications.

Additional ways to access the application to this grant are still being finalised. These would include SMS, online applications and self-help desks.

First payments are expected to be made by 15 May 2020.

The UIF website is currently undergoing technical repair after crashing due to an influx of visitors wanting to process and check Covid-19 claims. The UIF has further indicated that there are no set deadlines for Covid-19 benefit applications or any other claims.

Read our initial Covid-19 Grant publication

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