The SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) has started making June-July double payments for outstanding R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant applications.
In a statement on Wednesday, SASSA said the double payments are aimed at preventing beneficiaries from making two trips to the post office and clearing the payments backlog.
Social media was abuzz on Wednesday as beneficiaries shared news of finally receiving a lump sum payment of R700 for the two months. Search engine Google also registered an uptick in SASSA status queries.
1m declined applications now approved
SASSA also said it had approved approximately one million previously declined applications for May after reconsidering them against updated databases.
“This will drastically reduce the number of potential appeals and will also cushion the affected beneficiaries against the current impact of the lockdown,” it said.
The Agency added that the payments are being made into bank accounts for those applicants who have them.
“Payments for those who receive their money through the post office will be done progressively throughout the month, to try and limit the numbers of people at the post offices on a daily basis.
“Beneficiaries are reminded that they should only visit the post office once they have received an SMS saying their money has been paid in and is ready for collection,” SASSA said.
How to apply for R350 unemployment fund
Applications for R350 unemployment fund may be lodged electronically over and above any other available means. Applicants may apply using the following means:
- Sending a WhatsApp message to 082 046 8553;
- Using the following SSD or SMS line: *134*7737#
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will receive notifications of payment in the same medium they used to apply. For instance, an applicant using WhatsApp will receive the notification on the same WhatsApp number he/she used to apply for the grant.
The following additional measures will apply:
- Payments will be made mainly through bank accounts of the applicants and through cash send measures through banks;
- The grant will be paid from the date of approval up to the end of October 2020, provided the qualifying criteria continue to be met;
- If applicants apply in June their payments will be from June and there will be no backpay.
- Applicants grant consent to SASSA to verify their residency, ID/permit details, sources of income and/or social security benefits. False applications could result in prosecutions.
SASSA SRD grant application: Eligibility
The grant is 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. In addition, applicants must be:
- Above the age of 18;
- Not receiving any income;
- Not receiving any social grant;
- Not receiving any unemployment insurance (UIF) 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.
The following compulsory information is required from applicants:
- Identity Number/Department of Home Affairs permit;
- Name and surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
- Gender and disability;
- Banking details – bank name and account number;
- Contact details – cellphone number; and
- Proof of residential address.