SASSA Relief Grant

By |

SASSA Relief Grant

SASSA Relief Grant | The COVID-19 pandemic left with it a lot of effects including economic hardships to individuals, families and jobs. To lessen the burden and difficulty that his brought to citizens of South Africa, the government has established an office to oversee the provision of financial aid to its citizens and permanent residents.

The agency established for this purpose is called the African Social Security Agency (SASSA). This establishment is in charge of authenticating and disbursing the assistance citizens and residents apply for. In this write up, we shall be giving you an entire overview of how the grant is and how you can become a beneficiary.

What is the Relief Grant?

The Relief Grant is a three month breather given to citizens of South Africa and permanent residents to support unemployed and those who earn below the minimum wage. It was set up because, primarily, a lot of people lost their sources of livelihood during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How much is the SASSA Grant?

The grant is a monthly stipend of R350 to people who qualify after application. The money is paid into the bank account of qualified applicants. For those who don’t have a bank account, they receive their stipends in cash.

Who is eligible for the SASSA Relief?

Just like every other grant or fund, you must be certain that you qualify before you apply. Once you check for what is needed for eligibility and you are sure you qualify, you can proceed to put in your application. Here is a shortlist of the requirements for the SASSA Relief. Possessing the following will make you eligible:

  • You must be a permanent resident in South Africa, or must be a citizen of South Africa.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You should be earning less that the minimum wage or have no source of income or financial support
  • You should not be on any other grant or any other form of social or unemployment insurance
  • You should not have applied for or received the SASSA Relief grant before
  • Once you meet all of the requirements listed, you can continue with your application process.

How to apply for the Relief Grant

The following instructions below is a guide to how to apply for the SASSA Relief online:

  • First open the official site of the SASSA online:
  • Look for the “R350 grant” link on the homepage and click on it.
  • If this is the first time you are applying for the grant, you will have to register first.
  • You register by supplying some details about yourself: These include your name, your ID number, your telephone number and your residential address
  • After registration, an SMS will be sent to your number with your username and password.
  • Now, with the username and password given you, you can now log into your account
  • Go ahead and fill in the application form now by supplying the requested information such as your personal details, your bank details, and contact information.
  • Upon completing the form online, click on the “submit” button
  • Waiting patiently for a confirmation message

You can always check the status of your application by logging in to your account and clicking on the “check status” button

If you cannot apply online, you can also apply through WhatsApp.

To apply via WhatsApp, follow these instructions:
  • First, save the SASSA WhatsApp number (082 046 8553) to your contacts
  • Then, send a message to the number that says “Hi” or “Hello”
  • Once you do, you will receive a prompt for your application
  • Follow this prompt to complete your application
  • Now, give your banking details where you can receive your assistance.
  • If you don’t have a bank account, select “cash payment option”
  • After you submit your application, you will receive a reference number via WhatsApp that you can use to check the status of your application.


The SASSA Relief has come to stay to provide with financial assistance to permanent residents and citizens of South Africa. Once you were affected by the COVID-19 and can provide proof of same, you can apply for the relief.

What you have to do is to check for the eligibility criteria and you qualify, you can proceed to apply. Make sure that while you are applying, you provide the correct information that is requested of you.