The Department of Social Development will further advise on the requirements needed to access and apply for the funding. iBusiness reckons there will be a portal that will cross-search if you are unemployed and not receiving any income, UIF and/or any other grants.
But however the process will be, each unemployed South African, who doesn’t receive social grants and/or UIF payments is eligible.

View President’s Speech in Text

“a 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.”

“We have recognized that the food distribution capacity of government is not adequate to meet the huge need that has arisen since the start of the epidemic.” added the president.

iB Forum reports: 3465 confirmed cases

The President of South Africa, further stated that: “To reach the most vulnerable families in the country, we have decided on a temporary 6- month Coronavirus grant.”

“We will direct R50 billion towards relieving the plight of those who are most desperately affected by the coronavirus.”

“This means that child support grant beneficiaries will receive an extra R300 in May and from June to October they will receive an additional R500 each month.

All other grant beneficiaries will receive an extra R250 per month for the next six months.”


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    1. Good Day, Please note that the information will be added gradually as the government informs of the way forward. There is currently enough information. Your patience is Appreciate Dalene

  1. Hi hi I have been trying the whatsapp and it does not work.I Also sent an email when it was announced to send email and resent on the 29th with no response.Please tell me when we will be getting the funds .I thought it would be by the 01st.thanks

  2. I did tired to apply via email it says invalid even WhatsApp they sent me covid-19 masseges how can I apply for unemployed grant

    1. Hi Audrey,

      ‘Every applicant will be advised as to the outcome of their application. Please note that SASSA will be experiencing high application volumes in the first couple of weeks. Many people also apply more than once or apply on all the channels. This delays the process as SASSA will only consider one application. Please be a bit patient with SASSA in the beginning they will revert to you as soon as possible’ – SASSA

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