SASSA 2023 Application Form | How to Apply
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) application is an initiative of the South African government through its Ministry of Social Development.
The program’s objective is to provide an R350 grant to millions of South Africans who meet the requirement for the monthly stipend. Although the South African government stopped the grant in April 2023, it has decided to continue it after several outcries from different sections of the masses.
overview of the R350 grant The R350 grant was a measure put in place by the South African government to fast-track economic recovery. Specifically, it is aimed at providing relief funds for the less privileged in society.
The South African government started paying the R350 in May 2020 to relieve some unemployed South Africans of the financial difficulties that came with the pandemic. Over 10 million South Africans applied for the initial phase, which ended in April 2023.
However, the SASSA R350 grant was extended after most beneficiaries and those not as fortunate pleaded with the government to reopen the SASSA application for R350. The government listened to their pleas and announced the reinstatement of the program in July 2023.
Do I have to reapply for the R350 grant? Yes, you have to fill out new application forms and go through a series of application processes to benefit from the SASSA R350 grant extension.
Lindiwe Zulu, the minister for social development, stated that some of the previous beneficiaries might have taken up new employment opportunities. However, since the initiative is majorly for the less privileged, such individuals would be ineligible to continue benefiting from the grant. Read more:
If you want to know how to apply for SASSA, the steps to follow, depending on the channel you want to use, are explained below.
To apply through WhatsApp, follow the steps below
Add the phone number 082 046 8553 on WhatsApp
Send a message that includes your first and last name as well as your Identity number;
You will get a response about the next steps of the application process.
2. To apply through the USSD short code, dial *134*7737# on your phone and follow the prompt
3. To apply through the official website, visit https://srd.sassa.gov.za and follow the detailed steps.
Applicants will need to provide the following information
- Identity Number or Department of Home Affairs Refugee permit number
- Name and Surname as captured in the Identity Document
- Gender and Disability
- Contact details – Cell phone number
- Residential Address
Important to note applicants will have to sign a declaration and consent to their information being validated and shared with other organizations and financial institutions such as SARS and banks. A detailed declaration and consent document is available on this website.
During the application process, applicants are expected to agree or disagree with this document by confirming for instance through a yes or no option. Successful applicants will have to provide their banking details for payment purposes or their bank of choice for a cash transfer.