Feb 25, 2021

Extension Of ECD Relief Fund Applications

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The Department encouraged ECD services that have not yet applied for ECD-ESRF to apply before the extended due date.

FILE PHOTO: About 100 Early Childhood Development Centre staff and parents protested outside the offices of the Department of Social Development in New Brighton on Monday. Most of them have not received a salary since the start of lockdown in March. PICTURE: Thamsanqa Mbovane

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PRETORIA: Over 2000 Harambee Youth Support Services are stationed throughout all districts to assist ECD services with the application process.

The Department of Social Development has extended the closing date of the applications for the Early Childhood Development (ECD)- Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ESRF) from 19 February to 26 February 2021.

The Department encouraged ECD services that have not yet applied for ECD-ESRF to apply before the extended due date.

According to the statement , the department said that in addition to the GovChat application platform at https://govchat.app that is currently used, it has made available another web-form to assist with larger organisation submissions which is available on the https://ecd.gov.za/ website.

“ECD services that have completed their applications on the GovChat platform do not need to submit another application through the new web-form as duplicate submissions for the same ECD service may lead to administrative delays,” said the department in a statement.

Furthermore, as a further support mechanism to ECD services with respect to completing applications, the department in partnership with the DG-Murray Trust has made available a number of non-government organisations. Over 2000 Harambee Youth Support Services are stationed throughout all districts to assist ECD services with the application process.

“The Provincial Departments of Social Development through their local offices are also available to assist ECD services throughout the country, any ECD service that needs assistance can visit their local Social Development Offices or they can send an email ecdstimulus@dgmt.co.za or contact the call centre on 0800 089 666 and support will be provided.”

A list of NGO coordinators are posted on the DSD website that can be accessed on www.dsd.gov.za .

“For ECD services that have submitted applications on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) it is requested that these ECD services check their bank verification status to ensure that they have been successful, it is vital that the ECD services do this as the department will not be able to process any payments for ECD services whose bank verification has not been successful,” added the department.

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