Nearly 120 000 unemployed South Africans receive their R350 special COVID-19 payment


The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) said today, 116,867 unemployed South Africans have received the R350 special COVID-19 social relief money announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa as part of the government’s R500bn package to boost the economy.

Busisiwe Memela, SASSA CEO, said the 116 867, who got paid, said they were part of 13 million applications received. However, only 6.3 million of these were valid, complete applications.

“About 6.3 million of these were valid, complete applications. The rest were either duplicate applications, incomplete, had inconsistent data or were just pure enquiries,” Memela said.

“A total of 666 381 clients have been approved and SASSA is awaiting banking details information. Over 1 597 127 have been disapproved since the applicants have some or other means of income.”

Beneficiaries can check the status of their applications online on or by adding GovChat WhatsApp on 082 046 8553, open chat, type “Status” and Send.

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