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R350 grant recipients urged to reapply for relief funds

South Africa – Durban – 22 December 2020 – With the South African economy doing poorly, many people who see the R350 grant as a lifeline, sleep outside post offices to be helped as soon as they open for business. Picture: Zanele Zulu/African News Agency (ANA)

South Africa – Durban – 22 December 2020 – With the South African economy doing poorly, many people who see the R350 grant as a lifeline, sleep outside post offices to be helped as soon as they open for business. Picture: Zanele Zulu/African News Agency (ANA)

Published May 12, 2022

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Cabinet has urged recipients of the R350 social relief of distress grant to reapply, following the introduction of new regulations governing applications and eligibility for the grant.

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said the applications could be lodged on the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) website: https://srd.sassa.gov.za/.

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Gungubele said the application system opened on April 23 and was a fully digital process to enable quick turnaround times.

“The relief grant is an important safety net for needy families who would otherwise be devastated by the scourge of poverty and unemployment. Government is committed to providing social assistance to the most vulnerable so that they can meet their basic needs,” Gungubele said.

Meanwhile, Sassa has urged social grant clients to use other payment methods due to cash challenges.

Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said that as from May 11, the cash pay points at which social grant clients normally accessed their social grant funding, would not be served as a result of challenges beyond Sassa’s control.

He said the challenge was extended to post office outlets as well, saying clients were advised not to go to any post office branch to try to access the funds.

“Sassa is currently implementing contingency measures where both Sassa and SAPO staff are present at the pay points, and are assisting all clients to receive PINs, so that they can transact at the nearest retail outlets and bank ATMs. Furthermore, Sassa staff continue to assist affected clients to access services and ensuring that correct information is provided to clients.

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“All clients are reminded that they can use the Sassa/SAPO card at any retail outlet or bank ATM. Clients can either withdraw cash they require or use the card to purchase goods. Balances left in the card are safe and can be accessed whenever required. There is no need to withdraw all the cash at once.

“Clients of the Covid-19 social relief of distress of R350 are advised not to go to the post office to access the funds which have not yet been collected. Recipients of the Covid-19 social relief of distress grant of R350 who had selected to receive their funds at SAPO branches are also requested to visit www.srd.sassa.gov.za and select an option to collect the grant from any of the below retail outlets.

Clients who still have uncollected Covid-19 social relief of distress grant of R350 credit at SAPO/Postbank can collect at any of the following retail outlets:

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• Checkers

• Usave

• Shoprite

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• Pick ‘n Pay

• Boxer

Letsatsi said when reporting to a merchants to access the funds, clients must have their identity document, cellphone they registered when applying for the grant because the OTP number will be sent to this registered number.

“All applicants for the Covid-19 social relief of distress grant are encouraged to update their details on the system, to have the grant paid into their own personal bank account, as this is the safest way in which to receive the funds.

“In addition, Sassa will continue to engage with communities and local leadership – traditional leaders and/or councillors – to inform clients of the options they have to access their funds,” Letsatsi said.

Sassa apologises to all clients for any inconvenience that this may have caused, the department has said.

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