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Thousands Of ECD Centres Apply For Relief Fund

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Many Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres have been submitting applications to receive relief from the government. 

This comes after the Department of Social Development launched the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ECD-ESRF).

Department spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant said 28 283 applications were submitted by ECDs, bringing the total to 125 407 staff members.

Payments for the relief fund are now being processed and paid out to qualifying ECDs.

“As part of the ongoing verification process that is completed by the department, applicants have been sent a sms (Short Message Service) to advise them to update their applications. In this regard, ECD operators who have applied for the ECD ESRF are urged to ensure that all their details that have been captured on the application are correct as this will impact on the approval and processing of the payments to the applicants,” Oliphant said.

Oliphant has urged all applicants to fill in their correct details, as incorrect details delay the process. 

“It is extremely important to note that the department is unable to process any payments if applications have bank and staff verification inaccuracies as a result of wrong information submitted by applicants. Therefore, it is important for applicants to verify their details and do the necessary corrections to avoid payment delays,” Oliphant said.

All applicants who have applied for the relief fund can visit https://ecd.gov.za/ecd/login. 

Applicants will have to log in to correct or update their details.

This can be done by using the reference number given when submitting applications on the GovChat platform. 

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