Sassa has received criticism after it changed the qualifying criteria for the R350 grant. The ending of the National State of Disaster in April 2022 meant that the legislation under which the grant was provided changed.
Not only has the legislation around the grant changed, but also the grants qualifying criteria.
Here Are The New Sassa R350 Grant Requirements
A person must be
- South African citizen, permanent resident, refugee, a holder of a special permit under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit Dispensation; Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation; or an Asylum seeker with a valid section 22 permit or visa;
- Between the ages of 18 and 60
- Residing in the borders of South Africa
- Registered on the Home Affairs database or on Sassa’s social grant database for individuals without ID documents.
- Not living in a government Institution or subsidised institution
- Not have an income more than R350
- Not receiving covid-19 social Relief of Distress
- Not receiving Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Benefits or National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) support or any other social grants distributed by Sassa
The R350 grant was originally introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic and was provided under the Disaster Management Act. When President Ramaphosa ended the State of Disaster, the grant had to be provided under alternative legislation. The grant is currently being provided under the Social Assistance Act.