How You Can Apply For Unemployment Relief In South Africa During Lockdown

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) induced lockdown takes its toll, most families have lost a substantial amount of their income and are in desperate need of relief.

Many South African households breathed a sigh of relief last week after President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that the government would provide special relief aid for those worst affected by the pandemic and have lost the ability to sustain their livelihoods.

According to the announcement, individuals will receive Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350. The aid will be provided every month for the next six months. However, you might be wondering how you actually can go about it.

Who qualifies?

Anyone who has lost a significant amount of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic can apply.

Applicants must be above 18, unemployed, and must not qualify to receive any other benefit scheme such as an employment benefit aid. Those seeing aid should also be not
resident a government-funded or subsidized institution.

How to apply

Unemployed South Africans are spoiled for ways in which they can apply for aid. Applications can be done on email to SRD@sassa.gov.za . or on instant messenger application, WhatsApp- which is the easiest way. In order to apply on WhatsApp, you need to read the article: How you to apply for aid using WhatsApp.

What do you need?

Applicants will need to provide accurate identity documents. To apply for the R350 per month Sassa Grant you must do the following:
Applications could be made by either calling SASSA National Call Centre: 0800 60 10 11 or email to grantenquiries@sassa.gov.za

Applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for the processing of their applications:
Identity Number/Department of Home Refugee 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;
Proof of Residential Address.

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