The Need For COVID-19 SRD Grant Increases

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As of 11 August 2021, SASSA has received more than 5 million COVID-19 SRD Grant applications. These applications have increased due to the rise in the unemployment rate in South Africa.


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The South African Social Security Agency introduced the COVID-19 SRD Grant to help those who have been struggling to provide for their families during the pandemic. The grant has recently been reinstated to allow those who did not qualify the first time to reapply and also to help those who need it the most.

According to the agency, since 6 August they have received over 5 million COVID-19 SRD Grant applications. Their systems showed that the majority of applicants were between the ages of 20 to 24.

Recently, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the COVID-19 SRD Grant would be reinstated until March 2022.

However, in the first few days, the application process dealt with technical problems due to a large number of applications.

In the hope of easing the pressure on SASSA’s website and WhatsApp Line, the agency introduced an app called gov.chat as well as Facebook messenger.

Applicants are reminded that they still have until the end of August to apply for this month's grant.

In the previous round of the COVID-19 grant, millions of applicants were denied because they were already a recipient of state funding.

However, this time, unemployed caregivers who currently receive child support grants are also able to apply for the SRD grant.


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