Applicants for the R350-per-month unemployment grant can already access the electronic form which they have to fill in ahead of the formal launch of the application process on Monday 11 May.
This comes as a welcome relief for many South Africans who have been in the doldrums of despair since the start of the national lockdown on 27 March, with a recent survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council and the University of Johannesburg, showing that 34% of South Africans has gone to bed hungry due to the lockdown.
The regulations about the temporary COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant have been gazetted on Saturday 9 May with some six million people expected to qualify for the grant.
YOU’LL NEED TO PROVIDE SASSA WITH…
The electronic application process, which is expected to be finessed in the coming days, will require prospective beneficiaries to supply Sassa with their:
- Identity Number
- 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
- Residential address
- Memela added that while the application process would not require a ‘proof of residence’ document, as was earlier the case, a residential address would still need to be logged. Memela noted:
“We don’t need a proof of residential address but we need your residential address so that we can get a sense as to how many people are applying within one particular homestead.”
- Steps to Apply for the R350 Special Covid-19 Grant from Sassa
- How To Apply For The R350 Social Relief Of Distress Grant
- Who Qualifies For The Social Relief Of Distress Grant
- What You’ll Need To Provide Sassa For Verification
- R350 unemployment grant applications are now open via e-mail
- How to Check Status of SASSA R350 COVID-19 Grant Application