ECD Grant Beneficiaries To Receive Payment This Week

The Department of Social Development will be making payments to beneficiaries of the Early Childhood Development Employment - Stimulus Relief Grant (ECD-ESRF) within in the next week. 

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The Early Childhood Development Employment - Stimulus Relief Grant (ECD-ESRF)  is part of sustaining and creating employment opportunities in the sector, in light of the high unemployment rate and job losses brought about by the pandemic.

The Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu announced in a media briefing that her department received R496 million to assist the sector.  

The department launched the ECD-ESRF on 5 February 2021 and is supported by the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative. 

The fund was established because due to Covid-19 many ECD services reported a loss of income and the fund would provide the necessary support to them. 

All types of ECD services (registered, conditionally registered or unregistered) including centre and non-centre based services, were able to apply for the relief funding. 

Non-centre based services include playgroups, toy libraries, childminders and mobile ECD programmes.

In the media briefing, Minister Zulu said that more than 27 000 applications were received from ECD programmes with over 117 000 employees recorded. 

"For all ECD programmes that have already applied, we would encourage you to use your reference number in the new web-form to review your application and make sure all the details are correct," the Minister advised. 

The Minister has also advised all ECD services which are currently unfunded and not receiving a subsidy from any provincial Department of Social Development and who have had to register on the Central Supplier database (CSD) to ensure that their bank verification has been successful. 

"This is because we will only be able to process applications of applicants who have had successful bank verifications,” said Zulu. 

The Department of Social Development is expected to pay beneficiaries of the ECD-ESRF in the first week of March. 

“We are planning to have payments processed from the first week of March 2021 and all applicants will be informed accordingly should this change.”- Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu.

The Minister has also said that this is the first time that they have had access to such accurate information on ECD programmes and the size of the workforce in this sector. 

Zulu said that the data received will help the department move forward with planning and strengthening our processes and systems to enable us to have informed and targeted interventions that speak to the felt needs of this important sector”.

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