South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says more than 3,5 million people have applied for the new special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant within three days of the system going live. SASSA announced on a statement on Friday.
SASSA says they started taking nationwide applications for the grant on Monday, 11 May 2020. As of today, 3 585 040 applications were received. Of this, the largest number of 2 394 949 applications were made using the USSD (SMS) line, 204 434 on the website, 485 657 on WhatsApp and 500 00 were on email.
Meanwhile, the bureau says the applications are currently being assessed and verified. Those eligible will be notified and will start to recieve their first payment of the 6-month Special COVID-19 SRD Grant of R350 Friday – May 15
Once an application had been approved, SASSA will ask for banking details for those who did not supply them during applications. SASSA says those who did not submit banking details will not be paid on day 1 of payment issuing.
“The special COVID-19 SRD Grant is intended to mitigate the undue hardships faced by individuals and families through this difficult time. We are pleased with the intake so far and we urge all eligible individuals to apply ton time,” said Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu
“Once again, we appeal to those already receiving social grants not to apply as they are not eligible for the Special Covid-19 SRD Grant. It is only meant to benefit persons who are currently not receiving any form of income support from government,” added Minister Zulu
SASSA says applicant must be a South African Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee who is registered on the Home Affairs system and is a resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa.
“To ensure that the information system is not clogged, we appeal to all applicants not to upload any form of documentation on the application,” concluded Minister Zulu.