Who qualifies for the R350 monthly grant?


The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will screen applicants for the special Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 that the President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced last week.

The grant will be received once a month until October 2020.

When applying for the grant applicants will have to indicate that they do not receive any other grant from the government, are not UIF recipients and are not NSFAS beneficiaries.


Sassa will screen applicants against other databases including SA Revenue Service (Sars), the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), to see whether they qualify.

The agency said only eligible beneficiaries will be identified and paid.


So who qualifies?


How will people register?

Sassa will set up an SSD and WhatsApp to enable registering for the fund.

How will they identify legitimate beneficiaries?

Applicants will indicate that they are not employed, not getting UIF and not NSFAS beneficiaries. They will also indicate that their South Africans.

These responses will be checked against various database including SARS, UIF and NSFAS.


Do foreign nationals qualify? Foreign nationals who have legal papers to be in South Africa would qualify.

Those who are registered refugee would also qualify.


When will payments start?

Once an applicant has been registered payments will be processed. Sassa anticipates making payments at the beginning of May.

The payment will be made once a month for six months.


How will the money be paid?

Sassa will have three methods to make payments.

Those include: E-vouchers

Mobile transfers and

Bank transfers for those who have bank accounts.



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