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Good News To All Beneficiaries, SASSA Is Going To Do This

Good News To All Beneficiaries, SASSA Is Going To Do This

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Good News To All Beneficiaries, SASSA Is Going To Do This

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There seems to be some great news to the multitudes who benefit from payouts from the South African Social Security Agency SASSA. An announcement was made on the 25th of February 2021 which is set to be viewed as something that brings smiles to the beneficiaries of the agency.

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It was of an increment that is set to be made by SASSA on payouts to their beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries who will benefit from the increment in payout will be those who receive social grants and the increment is from the 1st of February 2021.

Lately, a message was shared on Twitter by SASSA which read, “Social grant increases, effective from 01 April 2021 #SASSACARES #RSABudget2021 

The full list of the relative increments was attached to the post are as follows:

  • Old age, disability and care dependency grants are set to be increased to R1 890
  • War veterans grants are going to be hiked to R1 910
  • Child support grants are set to be increased to R460
  • Foster child grant will be increased to R1 050.

Beneficiaries of the SASSA grants couldn’t wait for the message because they need that extra buying power to buy their daily needs.

As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has wiped away the income streams of many households in the country and it seems like there is no near end in sight to the current situation. But, all we hope for is the best.

Grants from SASSA have been very helpful especially in times of the coronavirus pandemic which has greatly affected the livelihoods of many people who are living in South Africa.

A small increment will mean much to the beneficiary as it adds a little more to what is at they have.

However, there were complaints from some beneficiaries who sounded dissatisfied. They claimed that they have not yet received their November, December and January payouts and it seems like their complaints are not being heard and attended to.

Grant approvals and responding to complaints seem to be the biggest flaw in the administration of the SASSA grants and an improvement is needed in that aspect.

Some of the applicants claim that they have gone for months without being approved and they are struggling to put bread on the table.

SASSA R350 Grant 2021:Who Qualifies, How To Apply and Check Application Status

The Sassa R350 is basically a Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant: The government of South Africa has offered this special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant to unemployed citizens. So if you’re one of these beneficiaries, all you to do is apply. SASSA staff and appointed volunteers can assist.

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The President declared the National State of Disaster as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic. In this regard he introduced a special Covid 19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD) of R350 per month to be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment etc.

The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress amount is R350 per month, from the date it is approved. The grant has been extended for a further 3 months.

Is SASSA R350 Grant Extended

Are you one of the South African beneficiaries who are wondering if SASSA R350 will be extended? Worry not. We’ve got answers for you.

How To Apply For SASSA R350 Grant

Here’s How to apply:

The application process is quick and easy, you can use either WhatsApp, USSD, email, call or visit their website.

WhatsApp: 0600 123 456 and select SASSA
USSD: *134*7737#
E-mail: sends e-mail)
Call centre IVR: 0800 60 10 11

  • No paper-based applications will be accepted.
  • Payment will be effected through a channel of your choice.
  • Once applications are approved, SASSA will request confirmation of bank account through a secure site – this will also be done electronically.
  • Any applicant has the right to request confirmation that this request is from SASSA to protect themselves.
  • APPLICATIONS ARE FREE: There is no charge to apply – applicants are cautioned not to buy “application forms” – these are not genuine and will not be processed.
  • Citizens without bank accounts can also apply.   In this case, payment will be effected through a money transfer, once all the necessary validations have been completed.
  • Applicants are cautioned not to provide their banking details to anyone.
  • SASSA will only request banking information once the application has been approved.
  • All beneficiaries and applicants should never give their PIN number or the CVV number on the back of the banking card to anyone – not even SASSA.

How To Check SASSA R350 Grant

COVID-19 SRD Grant Application Status

Please follow this link to check the status of your COVID-19 SRD grant application.


Who Qualifies For SASSA R350 Grant

To qualify for the Social Relief Grant, Applicants must be:

  • South African Citizens, Permanent Residents or Refugees registered with Home Affairs;
  • Resident within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;
  • 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;
  • Not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support; and
  • Not resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution.

This Is information is required For SRD Grant Application:

  • 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;

SASSA has not made it a requirement for applicants to scan in supporting documents such as ID, proof of address or bank statements.

By just a mere application, applicants give consent for SASSA to validate the financial and other information against data sources held by government and financial institutions – including SA Revenue Services and banks.

Therefore, you need to be careful because providing false information in an effort to qualify for the grant is an offence and will result in prosecution.

Will SASSA R350 Be Extended

SASSA R350 Grant Has been extended For A Further 3 Months

The R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD) which is being administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been extended for a further three months to provide financial relief to those who are unemployed during the lockdown.

The good news about this is that recipients who are already registered on the system do not need to reapply.

After more than R16 billion was paid to approximately 6.5 million monthly recipients since May last year, the grant recently expired in January 2021.

But during his State of the Nation Address on Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the grant would be extended due to ongoing socioeconomic pressures resulting from lockdown regulations.

additionally, this extension does not require any SRD beneficiary to access local Sassa offices. Since the country is still in trying times, the agency is desperately trying to minimise queues and human contact at its offices, following the abrupt expiration of Temporary Disability Grants which caused chaos at Sassa sites.

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