The government’s R350 Covid-19 social relief payments can now be withdrawn from tills inside Shoprite, Checkers, USave, and selected OK stores.
The announcement comes following the government’s decision to extend the grant until March next year.
Shoprite’s move means that over 10 million unemployed youth, depending on the grant, can now easily access it or opt to buy groceries in store. Recipients will be able to withdraw their grants from 1,286 of Shoprite’s supermarkets across the country.
“Following the extension of the grant for another 12 months, customers can now access it at the till point in any Shoprite, Checkers, Usave, and selected OK Foods supermarkets nationally,” Shoprite said in a statement.
“This enables customers to receive their grant, buy essential groceries, and pay their bills in a single location,” the company said.
Recipients will be required to provide their ID and cellphone numbers to collect their grants.
“It must be the same cellphone number with which they registered on the SASSA database, as a confirmation OTP will be sent to this number to prevent fraud,” Shoprite said.
The beneficiaries of the R350 grants will be able to retrieve them at Shoprite’s stores from this month if they have already registered online or at the Post Office. In-store registrations will not be permitted.