• The South African Post Office is trying to limit queueing for the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant.
  • Each day of the week is reserved for different beneficiaries, depending on the last three digits of their ID numbers.
  • It reminded recipients that there isn't a deadline on claiming the grants.
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The South African Post Office, which since August last year has been paying out the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant, says there is no deadline for beneficiaries to collect their grant from its outlets. 

In a statement, the Post Office said beneficiaries should know that “the funds that are waiting for them do not expire and they can collect it later if it suits them.”

But it has introduced a strict system to reduce queueing.

Each day of the week is reserved for different beneficiaries, depending on the last three digits of their ID numbers. Monday is reserved for 083 and 088, Tuesday 084 and 089, Wednesday 080 and 085, Thursday 081 and 086, and Friday is reserved for the 082 and 087 last three numbers. Since 22 March is a public holiday, the days move one day forward after that.

Each day of the week is reserved for different beneficiaries depending on the last three digits of their ID numbers. Since 22 March is a public holiday, the days move one day forward after that:

16 March: 084 & 089

17 March: 080 & 085

18 March: 081 & 086

19 March: 082 & 087  

23 March: 083 & 088

24 March: 084 & 089

25 March: 080 & 085

26 March: 081 & 086

29 March: 082 & 087

30 March: 083 & 088

31 March: 084 & 089

The first week of each month is reserved for paying grants to the elderly, disabled and for child grants

The Post Office has also introduced separate queues at its branches.

“One queue is reserved for beneficiaries of the R350 grant, while the other queue is for all other transactions. There will be queue walkers, who will check ID numbers to ensure that the system is implemented,” it said in a statement.

GroundUp reported last year that some people paid R50 bribes to post office staff in the Eastern Cape to get their R350 Covid-19 grant.

After more than R16 billion was paid to approximately 6.5 million monthly recipients since May last year, the grant was supposed to expire in January 2021.

READ | NSFAS says 'uninformed' worker made a mistake: You can get funding even if you got R350 grant

But during his State of the Nation Address last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the grant would be extended for another three months.

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