The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) reintroduced the Special R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant which is aimed at providing financial assistance to unemployed South Africans who were left jobless due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
When announcing this reintroduction of the R350 grant in July, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that unemployed caregivers who currently receive a child support grant, would also be eligible to apply for this grant.
SASSA has now stated that unemployed caregivers who receive the child support grant, but who do not have a 13-digit bar coded South African identity document are also eligible for the R350 Covid-19 grant.
"It would not have made sense to exclude them from receiving the Covid-19 grant if there is every indication pointing to the fact that they are unemployed and have no alternative source of income. As government, we have to do everything possible to ensure that we uphold the principles of out sought after Constitution and do everything possible to cushion those in distress during their hour of need," said the SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula.
SASSA has said that people who do not have a South African ID but receive social grants, including permanent residents, asylum seekers and refugees among others, qualify for the R350 SRD grant.
“Some of these beneficiaries draw child grants like the Child Support, Care Dependency and Foster Child grants and not necessarily social grants for themselves,” read the statement issued by SASSA on 22 September.
SASSA has allocated individuals without the 13-digit bar-coded ID numbers a system-generated 7777 identification number to help them to access social assistance so that they can apply for social grants.
In order to apply for the R350 grant, unemployed persons who hold the 7777 identity numbers, that receive child grants, must use the number beginning with 7777. This is the same number they were allocated when they were first approved for a social grant.
Those caregivers who do not have their system-generated 7777 identification number are advised to contact SASSA using their toll-free number 0800 60 10 11 in order to request the 7777 number.
Once they have received their number they will be able to apply for the Special Covid-19 R350 SRD grant using the SASSA website.
Once their application has been submitted successfully, SASSA will pay their R350 grant together with the other social grants they receive, via the gold SASSA grant payment card.
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) September 22, 2021