The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says more than a million unemployed people have applied for the R350 monthly COVID-19 relief grant.
“What we did when we started, we realised that when we reconciled, 60% of people who made the application were not supposed to,” Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi, told ENCA.
The special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 a month for the next 6 months will be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed and do not receive any other form of a social grant or UIF payment.
Watch ENCA interview with Letsatsi, below:
The manner in which qualifying citizens can apply for this grant will be as follows:
- The new WHATSAPP line will be 082 0468 553
- The USSD or SMS Line will be *134*7737#
- The email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org
If an applicant has previously provided a cellphone number to an institution such as the SA Revenue Service or the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and now tries to apply using a different number, “the system will kick you out,” Sassa said.