How to apply for the COVID-19 special relief of distress grant

The South African Social Security Agency has tested and paid its first batch of COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress.

As announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, these beneficiaries will get a grant of R350 a month for the next six months.

The Department of Social Development had received over R3.5-million applications.

Applicants must be:

  • Above the age of 18;
  • Unemployed;
  • 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 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;
  • 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;

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