Government has outlined the process for the application of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant for individuals who are currently unemployed.
Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said the qualifying applicants will be paid R350 per month from May – October 2020.
The grant forms part of the R500 billion economic and social relief measures announced by the President last week, as part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant will be implemented in terms of the existing avenue provided for by the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) channel, which is administered in accordance with the provisions as set in the Social Assistance Act, 2004,” the Minister said.
This framework is currently administered through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) – however with limitations.
The Department of Social Development will publicize the directions which will provide details on how this grant will be implemented.
“The system will go live immediately when the regulations are published and we envisage to start making payments by the 15th of May 2020. Those who have applied during the trial run will be contacted to provide further information,” the Minister said.
Payment of the grant will be made mainly through bank accounts of the applicants and through cash send measures through banks.
The qualifying criteria for the special COVID-19 SocialRelief grant is as follows:
1. The grant will be 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;
2. Applicants must be:
✓ Above the age of 18;
✓ Not receiving an income;
✓ Not receiving any social grant;
✓ Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit.
✓ Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
✓ Not a resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.