There are many people in South Africa who still don’t know how to apply for unemployment grant in South Africa during COVID-19. The purpose of this article is to provide steps on how to apply for unemployment grant also known as Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants. Social grant applications are administered by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
Potential unemployment grant beneficiaries are urged to use their cellphones and email facilities to access their grants instead of walking to the SASSA offices. However, if you don’t know how to apply and need help, SASSA staff and appointed volunteers can assist.
According to South African Government Website, the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress or Unemployment grant amount is R350 per month. Below are the steps you need to follow to apply for unemployment grant.
How to Apply for Unemployment Grant on WhatsApp
STEP1: Open WhatsApp
STEP 2: Send a WhatsApp message to 0600 123 456
STEP 3: Select SASSA
STEP 4: Follow the instructions
Alternatively, you can apply for the R350 Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant by USSD line (SMS) *134*7737# or e-mail to [email protected]
Applicants for this grant must be:
- Above the age of 18
- South African Citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees registered with Home Affairs
- Resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa
- 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 (NSFAS)
- Not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support
- Not resident in a government funded or subsidised institution
Required Documents to Apply:
- 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
We hope this information was very useful. For more information, visit https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/socialgrants
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.