As part of the government initiative to reduce poverty and gender imbalance, a R350 caregiver grant was introduced for unemployed caregivers. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has given details explaining how the grant works for unemployed child grant caregivers without an ID. Advertisement

In order to apply for the R350 SRD as a child grant caregiver without an Identity Document (ID), please follow the instructions below: 

•    You may apply for the SASSA Covid-19 SRD grant on:
•    Use your SASSA system generated identification number starting with 7777 as your ID number to apply.

•    Once your application is approved, your grant will be deposited into your gold SASSA card.

•    You can withdraw your grant at Pick n Pay, Boxer stores or Post Office.

•    If you forget your SASSA system-generated ID identification number starting with 7777, you can call 0800 60 10 11 and ask for the number. 

This is an initiative by social services agency to ensure that not having an identity document doesn’t stand in the way of a caregiver hoping to receive the R350 grant.

SASSA explained that if you receive a grant on behalf of a child, you will be on their system. Among the grants paid out on behalf of a child is: the child support grant, care dependency grant and foster child grant.

Applications for the new cycle of the SRD grant opened on 6 August 2021, with SASSA announcing that caregivers receiving grants on behalf of children would also be eligible.

The new grant application criteria means the R350 grant is open to permanent residents or refugees registered on the Home Affairs database. 

This includes holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit Dispensation, and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation.

The grant is also paid out to asylum seekers whose Section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on March 15, 2020. 

It is also important to note that, according to the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the SRD grant will run until March 2022.