SASSA R350 Grant

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Checklist: Who can claim the new R350-a-month grant from SASSA?

SASSA’s newly introduced Social Relief of Distress Grant – worth R350 a month – can be claimed from May. Here’s who qualifies for the payments.

SASSA R350 Grant

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Although many South Africans are assisted by their UIF or SASSA payments during this difficult time, up to six million of our fellow citizens currently have no support network in place. That’s why a monthly R350 grant has been created by the government – and the details of who will be allowed to apply were released on Wednesday.

Who qualifies for the new R350 grant?

As social development minister Lindiwe Zulu explained earlier, the grant will be in place from May to October, paying out for the next six months only. Successful applicants could earn up to R2 100 in that time, but its existence is just a temporary measure to help guide SA through this global health crisis.

So, if you’re in need of financial assistance, this route could be your best option. The criteria you must meet includes:

You have to be:

  • Over the age of 18.
  • Currently unemployed.
  • Not receiving any other form of income.
  • Not receiving any other form of social grants.
  • Unable to claim UIF and unqualified to receive the benefits of unemployment benefits.
  • Unable to receive a stipend from NSFAS
  • Living outside of government-funded or subsidised institutions.

When applying, you will need to provide the following details:

  • Identity number OR Department of Home Affairs permit.
  • Name and Surname as per your ID.
  • Your gender and any possible disabilities.
  • Banking details, including the name of your bank and the account number you have.
  • Contact details, such as a cell phone number.
  • Proof of address.

How to apply for SASSA’s R350 Relief of Distress Grant:

Please note that applications are not yet open. But the first payments of this grant will be dished out on 15 May. The government will confirm when you can submit your details nearer the time. Citizens will eventually be asked to apply by sending a WhatsApp to +27 60 012 3456, or by emailing