Sassa’s taking applications for unemployment grant

While those wanting to apply for other social grants may visit the offices as of Monday.
Applicants for the unemployment grant may now apply. Image: Moneyweb

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) announced on Monday its readiness for the implementation of the unemployment grant for six months, but said no manual applications would be made at its offices.

Chief Executive Officer Busisiwe Memela-Khambula outlined the logistics of the R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant for the unemployed, pleading with those who are receiving any form of national grant not to apply.

“In the past weeks when we had piloted the programme, we noticed that on the first day that the applications were open, 50% of the 100 000 applicants were already people that were receiving grants,” Memela-Khambula says.

To qualify for this Covid-19 grant, recipients must be South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees registered on the Home Affairs system, who are resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa.

Image: Sassa

Applicants must be:

  • Above the age of 18;
  • Unemployed;
  • Not receiving any income;
  • Not receiving any social grant;
  • Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
  • Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
  • Not resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution.

Prospective applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for the processing of their applications:

  • Identity Number/Department of Home Affairs permit;
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
  • Gender and disability status;
  • Banking details – bank name and account number;
  • Contact details – cellphone number;
  • Proof of residential address;

Applicants may apply using the WhatsApp number 082 0468 553, SMS line *134*7737# or by emailing

Sassa offices open

Memela-Khambula also announced that 30% of Sassa staff returned to work on Monday to continue to render social services.

She says Mondays and Tuesdays will be used to receive applications from older persons.

“Priority will be given to those citizens who turned 60 just prior to or during the lockdown period, who were unable to complete their applications before services were stopped,” Memela-Khambula says.

She also announced that Wednesdays and Thursdays will be open for new applications for child support and foster child grants.

“Priority will be given to caregivers with new babies, instances where the caregiver has to change or where circumstances have resulted in caregivers having no income to support their children,” Memela-Khambula says.

She appealed to caregivers not to bring their children with when they go to the Sassa offices to minimise the risk of infection these young people may face.



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Cue tremendous queues and a total disregard for social distancing from Monday.

And does any sane person truly believe that these grants will be taken away at the end of the six month period?

It an never be Stopped ! A gift more to the EFF than the Recipient !

The elegant side step will be replacement of this with a basic income grant. It is only just that free housing, water, electricity, whatsapp data, schooling, university, health care, water is supplemented by free grants for free hundred percent cigarettes. Free – dumb! Viva

Sorry – long day at the factory

Thats what the masses believe FREEDOM is : All but achieved now : Just WMC left to destroy .

They should concentrate on undoing the double payment glitch first.

Money is nothing but paper with printed faces on it. They literally make more of it everyday and give it to you on WhatsApp LOL!

ANC buying votes with my taxes. Disgusting.

That is the patronage system.

Minister Linidwe Zulu’s ramblings on SABC3 this evening show you just how political the ANChas got with food parcels.

They want to ‘centralize’ all the giving of food to supposedly keep the dignity of those receiving it and yet the ANChave stolen so much money from the people.
Where is the dignity in that?

If people have food to give, let them give it. Now the ANCsuddenly wants to gate keep all donations and look like they are doing something special.

What I have noticed is that there is no conscience with the ANCwhen push comes to shove.

All NGO’s and other do gooders must just stop giving anything, so that people can see just how much the government can actually provide on its own. Harsh, but it will cause things to move a bit faster!

This can only end magnificently gloriously beautiful

bloodshed. There finished the sentence for you.

After the BEE court ruling on the tourism support fund. I have decided not to contribute anything.

It is a shocking ruling, I had faith in this country. But honestly I don’t care anymore. Will probably leave for greener pastures. We will never escape the “debt” owed to others (although I grew up in a democracy and had nothing to do with apartheid)

Very true : that ruling did seem to change the mood among the business owners I do not share alcohol or tobacco with. Nelson Mandela would be shaking his head in shame

THAT Dear Oracle is Precisely what the ANC want : Gotcha !

SASSA does not have employees but only deployees.

Unemployed people all have cellphones, bank accounts, utility bills? Being unemployed in RSA seems like a cushy job!

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