Sassa is there to provide social grants to people who are “vulnerable to poverty and in need of state aid” to improve their standard of living. The current state of South Africa and the impact that the lockdown has had on the economy and employment in the country have significantly reduced the standard of living of many people, while also showing significant job losses.
Earlier this week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced to the nation that R500 billion will be used for grants and funding to account for the consequences of the national lockdown. One of these aid strategies is that of an amount of R350 given to people who are unemployed and do not have access to other scholarships, which may represent millions of individuals. This scholarship is paid for a period of six months.
Some have said that it is impossible for someone to live on R350 a month. If you do your calculations, that would be R12 per day, which is basically the price of a loaf of bread. It is also important to note that it is not R350 per household, but rather R350 for anyone who qualifies.
What are the requirements to receive this scholarship?
You must be unemployed
You may not receive any other subsidies (eg Child benefit, NSFAS, pension, etc.)
You may not receive money from the UIF
You must be a licensed South African / Registered Refugee / Alien
How do you sign up?
Registration is possible through the use of SSD or WhatsApp.
The WhatsApp number will be announced and will be available at the beginning of the week of April 27, 2020.
You must indicate whether you meet the above criteria.
Then they will check if the information you have given is true in their database and the system will then confirm whether you are eligible or not.
The first payments are expected to be made in early May. Three processes are used to make payments:
Sassa works with civil society through NGOs in communities to find ways that can help individuals who do not have access to devices apply and register.
Sassa’s offices are currently closed due to closure. However, they will start gradually from 4 May 2020.