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Unemployed caregivers who do not have an identification document and get child grants can now apply for the R350 SRD grant, according to SASSA.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has reinstated the Special R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, which is intended to assist unemployed South Africans who have been rendered jobless as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the reinstatement of the R350 award in July, he stated that jobless carers who now receive a child support grant would be able to apply.

Unemployed carers who get child support but do not have a 13-digit bar coded South African identity document are now eligible for the R350 Covid-19 award, according to SASSA.

"It would not have been logical to deny them the Covid-19 grant if all indications indicate that they are unemployed and have no other source of income. As a government, we must do everything possible to defend the principles of our prized Constitution, as well as do everything necessary to assist those in need during their time of need "SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula stated.

Permanent residents, asylum seekers, and refugees, among others, who do not have a South African ID but receive social subsidies are eligible for the R350 SRD stipend, according to SASSA.

"Some of these beneficiaries get child grants, such as Child Support, Care Dependency, and Foster Child awards, rather than social assistance for themselves," SASSA stated on September 22.

Individuals without 13-digit bar-coded ID numbers have been assigned a system-generated 7777 identifying number to aid them in obtaining social assistance and applying for social awards.

Unemployed people with 7777 identity numbers who receive child grants must use a number that starts with 7777 to apply for the R350 grant. This is the same number they were given when they applied for a social grant for the first time.

Caregivers who do not have their system-generated 7777 identification number are encouraged to contact SASSA at their toll-free number 0800 60 10 11 to get one.

They will be able to apply for the Special Covid-19 R350 SRD award on the SASSA website after they have obtained their number.

SASSA will pay their R350 award, together with any other social grants they receive, via the gold SASSA grant payment card after their application has been approved.

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