Barriers to Social Grant Applications

MID Social Grant

An identity document (ID) is a legal requirement in order to access many government services in South Africa.  Yet the Department of Home Affairs remains inaccessible for many destitute street people.   Limiting access to social service grants, housing applications and employment opportunities.

The MID, to date, assisted fifteen homeless individuals with access to an ID.

Recently five individuals, through the social work services programme, were accompanied by the fieldworkers to apply for their IDs. Unfortunately two applicants missed the intake cut-off of 200 applicants per the day.  Both individuals, desperate for an identity documents, spent the night on the streets of Wynberg in order to be the first in line  to meeting up with the fieldworkers the following day.

Now, in posession of an ID, one individual secured employment whilst the other four applied for social service grants.

Obtaining an ID is not easy for indigent persons living on the streets.  It requires access to transport and R140 application fee. We recognise that access to an ID is crucial when assisting an individual who willingly works with the social worker towards a life off the streets.

Assisting a homeless individual with access to an ID is one way that you can give a hand-up. Email socialwork@mid.org.za for more details.


About MID:

The Muizenberg Improvement District [MID] is a geographic area where property owners have contracted to pay a levy to facilitate a joint effort by the City of Cape Town and the local community to ensure more effective management of public areas and to promote business confidence.The MID supplements normal municipal services provided by the City, using its funds to deal with public safety, enhance the environment and address social issues like vagrancy and finding workable solutions for the homeless. The Muizenberg Improvement District is a legal entity established under the City’s Special Rating Areas by-law and also governed by the South African Companies Act 2008.

Enquiries:  manager@mid.org.za

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