SASSA Unemployment Grant

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SASSA Unemployment Grant

SASSA unemployment grant is part of what has been named the social relief of distress grant or the SRD. Even though the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has existed since 2005, the unemployment grant was recently birthed as a measure to the economic hardship brought about by the  COVID-19 pandemic.

This grant, which falls under the SRD has saved many lives and families in South Africa. In this piece, we are going to provide you with all that you need to know about the SASSA unemployment grant, how you can qualify for it, how to apply for the grant, and how those who really need it can become beneficiaries.

Eligibility criteria for the SASSA unemployment grant

If you do not meet the criteria for the grant and you go ahead to apply, chances are that you will be denied. It is imperative and in your own interest to be sure you qualify before applying.

The following are the basic requirements you need to meet before applying for the grant.

  • You must be a permanent resident in South Africa, or must be a citizen of South Africa.
  • You must be between 18 to 60 years of age
  • You should be earning less that the minimum wage or have no source of income or financial support
  • You should not be on any other grant or any other form of social or unemployment insurance
  • You should not have applied for or received any other grant before
  • Once you meet all of the requirements listed, you can continue with your application process.

Application process for the SASSA unemployment grant

The application process for the SASSA unemployment grant is straightforward and can be done online or in person. Here are the steps to follow:

SASSA has made it easy to apply for the R350 grant by providing an online application process. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Open to the official SASSA site. Locate the “Apply Here” button and click on it.

Step 2: Once you click on the “apply now” button. You will find it under the ‘COVID-19 SRD Grant’ option. A new page will open that will require you to put in your personal details. These will include your name, your surname, your ID number, your contact information, and your residence. You must be certain that you are providing the right information. Any false information will disqualify you.

Step 3: After filling in your personal details, the next information that will be needed from you is your bank account information. Since the agency prefers to deposit your stipend into a bank account, it is very important not to skip this step. If for any reason you don’t have an account, enter any of the main banks and have one opened for yourself.

Step 4: Following your successful provision of an account, you can now proceed to put in documents that give proof of the information you have provided. These include, your South African citizen ID, if  you are a permanent resident too, your proof of residence. Because of how important this step is, ensure that these documents are ready before you begin the application process.

Step 5: Last but not the least, go through your application just to be certain that everything you have provided about you is correct, once you have done that, go ahead and “submit” it. An SMS on your phone will let you know that your application has been received.

In-person application:

  1. Locate the nearest SASSA office to you.
  2. Ask for an application form and fill it, providing all the needed details.
  3. Once done, submit the application form together with all the required documents.
  4. Wait patiently for your application to be processed.

Benefits of the SASSA unemployment grant

  • The SASSA unemployment grant brings relief to families and individual who are struggling to survive. Certain basic necessities like  food, clothing, and shelter are taken care of through the grant and this brings a sigh of relief to the beneficiaries. Other crucial expenditures like medical bills are also taken care off by the grant, thereby saving lives.
  • Since the grant is for people who are not necessarily incapacitated but who can work but have not found any, it affords the beneficiaries the opportunity to seek for work in a stress free way.

In conclusion

The SASSA unemployment grant is a has become a pivotal part of the South African economy supporting the unemployed and people who are struggling with the finances. Permanent residents also have a lease of life as they sort out their work struggles. The needed requirements to qualify for the grant are simple and the online forms are also user friendly. The process to apply is also not cumbersome and as such anyone who qualifies can apply. Once you qualify and have all your documents ready, you can proceed to apply