Apply For SASSA Covid-19 Unemployment Grant for R350 Now

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) applications for the R350 special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant for unemployed citizens are now open.

Here is everything you need to know regarding the process:


Applicants must be:

  • above the age of 18;
  • unemployed;
  • not receiving any income;
  • not receiving any social grant;
  • not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
  • not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
  • not a resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.

Prospective applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for processing of their applications:

  • Identity Number;
  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);
  • Gender and Disability;
  • Banking details
  • Bank name and account number;
  • Contact details
  • Cell phone number;
  • Proof of residential address;

When does it start paying out and for how long is it valid?
The first R350 special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants are due to be paid out on 15 May.

The grants, due to run for six months, and so due worth R2 100 each in total, are available to all South Africans over 18 who do not have any other form of income, and do not receive any other form of government support.

How to apply:

  1. WhatsApp message to 082 046 8553 (no longer the Department of Health WhatsApp line on 060 012 3456, on which initial tests were conducted)
  2. Email to, which automatically sends back a form to fill in
  3. A USSD code, by dialling *134*7737# from a cell phone
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Sassa is due to have a special section on its website, at

Contact number:

If an application is rejected, it may be due to a recently changed cell phone number.

Fraud checking mechanisms for the payment system include matching the cell phone number provided by an applicant against other government databases.

If an applicant has previously provided one cell phone number to an institution such as the SA Revenue Service or the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and now tries to apply using a different number, the system will kick you out.


You do not need to provide proof of address, but you must provide an address.

How is it paid out?

Recipients without bank accounts will have a choice of banks from which to get cash via an ATM.

For those without bank accounts, money will be distributed via the cash-sending functions of the major banks.

Those systems, such as eWallet for First National Bank and CashSend for Absa, require only details sent to a cell phone number to withdraw money, with no card or other identity verification required.

Important Notice

  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by people assigned to it.
  • They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
  • All personnel may be required to perform other responsibilities in addition to those specified from time to time, as needed.
  • We do not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it.
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  • We encourage all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Due to the urgency of the position, we have the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline
  • Only qualified candidates will be invited for interview
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