How To Apply For The R350 Social Relief Grant From SASSA



The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a national agency of the government that was established in 2005. Their main aim is to provide social grants to residing citizens on behalf of the department of social development. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, this has taken a toll on many of us and has brought a great deal of uncertainty. This has impacted many households physically, mentally and financially and left many people unemployed and unable to provide for their families. This means that citizens are able to apply for the social relief of distress grant from SASSA for a maximum period of 3 months. The aim of the social relief grant is to provide temporary financial assistance to families who are in need of basic necessities.

The social relief of distress is only paid to South African citizens or permanent residents, who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Awaiting payment of an approved social grant.
  • Medically unfit to work for a period of less than 6 months.
  • The breadwinner is deceased and application is made within three months of the date of death.
  • No maintenance is received from a third-party 
  • The breadwinner of that person's family has been admitted to an institution funded by the government 
  • You have been affected by a disaster 
  • You are not receiving financial assistance from any other organisation 
  • Refusal of the application for social relief of distress, will cause undue hardships.

In order to qualify for the Covid-19 grant, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are a South African citizen / permanent resident.
  • Residing in South Africa
  • You need to be over the age of 18
  • You need to be unemployed
  • Not receiving any additional funding (example; NSFAS, UIF or any other social grants from government)

How to apply for the R350 unemployment grant:

  1. Visit the SASSA website on
  2. Click on the social grant tab and select Covid-19 relief grant R350
  3. Click on the declaration link and follow the steps 
  4. Ensure that you keep track of all one time pins (OTP) 

For more information regarding SASSA grants, you can contact the toll free number on 0800 601011 or email [email protected]


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