SASSA R350 Grant Is Open

SASSA R350 Grant Is Open

SASSA R350 Grant Is Open Applications for the new cycle of SASSA’s R350 grant will open on Friday. Keep reading to find out which platform you can use to apply for the grant.

Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu said all applications for the grant will be treated as new applications. This means all beneficiaries of the previous R350 grant cycles will need to reapply.

This comes as SASSA aims to crack down on fraud by verifying the eligibility of all applicants.

How Applications For The New R350 Grant Will Work

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the grant:

  • South Africa citizen
  • Permanent resident or refugee registered on home affairs database
  • Persons who are holders of the special permits under the special dispensation, Lesotho exemption permit dispensation, Zimbabwe exemption permit dispensation
  • Asylum seekers whose section 22 visas or permits are valid or were valid on the 15th of March 2020
  • Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa
  • Above the age of 18, below the age of 60
  • Unemployed
  • Not receiving any social grant in respect of himself or herself
  • Not receiving an employment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive an employment insurance benefit
  • Not receiving a stipend from NSFAS and other financial aid
  • Not receiving any other government Covid-19 response support
  • Not a resident in a government funded/subsidised institution
  • Caregivers who are not receiving any grant on their own behalf will also be eligible to apply for the SRD grant

SASSA has urged all applicants to only apply once and on one channel in order to avoid repeated applications. Banking details will also need to be correct and up to date, as SASSA aims to pay the grant into a bank account under the name of the applicant.

“It is important for applicants to note that the bank account or the cellular phone number provided for payment MUST be registered in the name of the approved applicant to ensure that the payment goes to the correct recipients. Applicants are requested to provide information on a bank account through which they can be paid, so that we can reduce the long queues at the post office branches” explained SASSA.

Applications for the new R350 grant must be done electronically using only one of the following channels:

SASSA R350 Grant Is Open

SASSA SRD website at

 WhatsApp on 082 046 8553

Include your name, surname and ID number in the WhatsApp message. You will then receive a message which will detail the next steps you need to follow.

Send SMS by dialing *134*7737#

How do I change my banking details

This means that all the channels open for you to apply for the R350 grant are as follows:

  1. Website:
  2. WhatsApp: 082 046 8553
  3. USSD line: Dial *134*7737#
  4. GovChat:\
  5. Facebook:

SASSA implemented these new avenues for application due to the WhatsApp channel having technical difficulties and the SASSA SRD website being overwhelmed from applications and as a result saw it running slower.

In order to access or to have the application reconsidered for the Social Relief of Distress Grant, an applicant must grant consent for SASSA to verify his or her identity, residency, income or social security benefits.

Applicants will also need to accept the declaration and consent.

The new process will now request the applicants to provide their banking details upfront, so that SASSA can process R350 grant payments as soon as they meet the criteria.

SASSA also made it clear that you can apply through the month of August to receive August payments.

Applicants are urged to only submit one application and to keep an eye on their SASSA grant application status.

If you are an approved beneficiary of the SASSA SRD R350 Grant and you wish to change your banking details, please submit your ID Number below. An SMS containing a secure link, unique to you, will be sent to the mobile phone number with which you registered during application.
Click on the link in the SMS and follow the instructions carefully.
Should you select payment into a bank account, please ensure that you are the owner of the account. SASSA cannot pay your grant into another person’s bank account.
Should you select the money transfer option via one of the major banks, please ensure that the mobile phone number on which you received the SMS is registered in your name. SASSA cannot pay your grant into a mobile phone number which is registered to another person.
Please also note that the new banking details will only be used for future payments, after verification.

According to the Minister, the post office has been staggering payments by sending out SMSs to beneficiaries on different days. This has been done to avoid long queues at post offices. SASSA R350 Grant Is Open

However, there have been other setbacks that Post Offices have been facing, as there have been times where some offices run out of cash to give to beneficiaries on their grant collection dates

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