R350 Covid-19 grant: Here’s when to collect your money

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Those who have been approved by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) for the R350 Covid-19 grant will be able to receive their money from the SA Post Office this week.

The Citizen reports, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the reinstatement of the social relief of distress (SRD) grant back in July, to assist South Africans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent incidents of unrest.

The SA Post Office (Sapo) confirmed the payment payout dates this week. Here’s what you need to know.

R350 Covid-19 grant (SRD grant)

When to collect your money

According to Sapo, the payments will be made according to the recipients’ ID number – specifically the last three digits. Beneficiaries will be notified via SMS when to collect.

If your ID number ends in the following three digits, make sure to head to a Sapo branch on the corresponding date to collect your Sassa Covid grant:

  • 24 August: ID number ends in 080
  • 24 August: ID number ends in 085
  • 25 August: ID number ends in 081
  • 25 August: ID number ends in 086
  • 26 August: ID number ends in 082
  • 26 August: ID number ends in 087
  • 27 August: ID number ends in 083
  • 27 August: ID number ends in 088
  • 30 August: ID number ends in 084
  • 30 August: ID number ends in 089
  • 31 August: ID number ends in 085
  • 31 August: ID number ends in 080

The decision to reinstate the monthly support grant comes after deadly civil unrest rocked parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July.

The R350 grant will continue to be paid out until the end of March 2022 and extended to eligible unemployed caregivers who currently receive a child support grant as well.

R350 SRD grant ‘stepping stone’

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu said earlier this month the R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant “should ideally be a stepping stone to a basic income grant”.

She said the government’s Covid-19 relief measures carried households through hardship brought about by the pandemic, and data suggested most recipients use the grant to buy groceries.

“The rapid assessment study that we conducted found that the around 88% of recipients of the Special Covid-19 SRD grant pooled the grant with their other household incomes to take care of the needs of everyone in the household”.

The Citizen/Cheryl Kahla