South Africa’s Special R350 COVID-19 Grant Comes To An End Today

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The R350 COVID-19 grant for the jobless, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic introduced by the South African Government last year comes to an end today.

The special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 a month is paid to individuals who are currently unemployed and do not receive any other form of a social grant or UIF payment.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in a statement reminded recipients of the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress that it comes to an end today, Friday 30 April 2021.

“This means that no new applications will be accepted after this date. However, all applications which have been approved and who have not yet received the money will still be paid.”

Declined Applications

“Those clients who had their R350 Grant applications declined for the period from February to April 2021 may appeal by going to the website at and follow the links for reconsideration,” said SASSA.

“If the appeal is not lodged, the declined application will not be reconsidered. The appeal period closes on 31 May 2021. No appeals will be accepted after this date.”

Applications for the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant will open on Monday, May 11, 2020.

The temporary COVID-19 grant is for the unemployed over the age of 18, who are receiving no other form of government assistance, including from the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Also read: Is The R350 COVID-19 Special Grant For The Jobless A Mess In The Making?  


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