The South African Social Service Agency has provided short-term support to millions of out-of-work South Africans over the years through various grants like the R350 grant.
Accessible upon application, this grant runs for six months and offers the financial assistance needed to keep up with daily needs.
If you are a first-time applicant or an existing beneficiary who has to reapply, this article offers you comprehensive information that helps you navigate your way through the application process.
How do I apply for R350 grant?
If you are interested in applying for an R350 grant in 2022, you can send in your application to the SASSA in a number of ways. Applications can be submitted through SASSA’s website or its WhatsApp service.
To apply through SASSA’s website, log on to srd.sassa.gov.za. Proceed to the ‘How do I apply for this grant’ section and click on “Click here to apply online’.
Alternatively, you can go directly to the application portal by opening this link in your browser, https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/application/auth
Once you have logged on to the application portal, carefully follow the steps outlined below:
- Input your mobile number in the required box.
- Select ‘Send SMS’.
- Input the one-time password (otp) sent to you through text.
- Proceed with following instructions and providing information required subsequently to complete and submit your application to SASSA.
You can forward your application to the SASSA through its WhatsApp service. All you need to do is to send a direct message to the number 082-046-8553.
You can only use one of these channels to apply. Furthermore, the SASSA discourages multiple applications across all channels.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive notification from the SASSA by means of a text message sent to the number you provided during registration.
Are SASSA Applications open for 2023?
Applications for the SASSA R350 grant are currently open and will close in March 2023. Before applying, you must ensure that you have all the required documents and meet all the eligibility requirements.
What Documents Are Needed To Apply For Sassa R350?
If you want to apply for SASSA R350, you need to have your identity document handy. Also, you will be asked to submit the following:
- Personal details
- Mobile number
- Information on Employment and Lifestyle Sustainability
- Your banking information
The SASSA does not require any document upload and all required details are submitted electronically.
How to Qualify to Apply for SASSA R350 Grant?
To qualify to apply for the SASSA R350 Grant, you must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:
- You must be unemployed.
- You must not be a beneficiary of any grant or be receiving support from the Unemployment Insurance Fund or the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
- You must not be older than 59 or younger than 18.
- You must have all the required documents.
- You must hold South African citizenship status. Refugees, asylum seekers, and special permit holders are also allowed to apply.
Can I Reapply For Sassa SRD R350 Grant?
Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements, the SASSA allows you to reapply for support. However, if such applications were made from April 2022 onwards, there would be no need to reapply a second time. According to the SASSA:
“All active SRD 350 grant applications or reapplications made since April 2022 will automatically be considered for each month until March 2023. Existing applicants can update their responses to the screening questionnaire …, at any time, should their circumstances change or to correct errors. “
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the full meaning of “SRD”?
SRD stands for Social Relief of Distress.
My application was rejected. Can I appeal?
Yes, SASSA allows you to appeal unfavourable application decisions. However, such decisions must have been made from April 2022. Appeals can be submitted at https://srd.sassa.gov.za/appeals/.
However, all appeals must be submitted within 30 to 90 days from the time of the decision. You can also check your appeal status using the link mentioned earlier.
I do not have a bank account. How will I receive my grant payment from SASSA?
If your grant application has been approved, you will receive your payment from SASSA through the South African Post Office, Post Bank or mobile money transfer.
Can I cancel my application after submission?
Yes, you can cancel your application after submission. To cancel, follow this link: https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/cancellation.
If you have already cancelled and would like to reverse it, you can reinstate your application by following this link: https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/reinstate
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