The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will open its systems to allow approved applicants to change their preferred method of payment for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant.

The special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 per month has been made available for six months and is paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, and do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment.

Sassa said that from 31st August to 6th September 2020 beneficiaries can change from receiving their grants at the post office to receiving them through their personal bank accounts. They may also change from one bank to another.

Approved beneficiaries of the grant can change their payment method by visiting the SRD website during this period, with the window open 24 hours a day.