The South African government introduced the R350 grant as an emergency response to help mitigate the impact the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns would have on unemployed people.
The grant provided temporary financial assistance, which allowed beneficiaries to purchase food and other essential goods.
While the grant was only meant to be paid to beneficiaries for three months during 2020, the implementation of the grant was extended on several occasions and will continue to assist beneficiaries until March 2024. You can apply online for your Sassa grant.
South African citizens, permanent residents, special permit holders and refugees can apply for the R350 grant. They must be unemployed and be between 18 and 59 years old. If they do not fall within this age bracket, they may qualify for the Older Persons Grant or the Child Support Grant.
In terms of the R350 grant, income refers to the money a person has in their bank account. If they have more than R624 in their bank account, their applications for the grant will be rejected.
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the R350 grant can submit an online application to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). There are two application options available to individuals wanting to apply for the R350 grant for October 2023.
How To Apply For R350 Grant For December 2023
Option 1: Apply To Sassa Online
Step 1 - Visit the SRD grant website
Step 2 - Click on “Click here to apply on online”
Step 3 - Enter your mobile phone number and click “send SMS”
Step 4 - A One Time Pin (OTP) will be sent to the number you provided
Step 5 - Enter the OTP
Step 6 - Confirm and accept the Clauses in the Declaration and Consent documents
Step 7 - Enter your details
Step 8 - Provide your mobile number, employment information and lifestyle sustainability information
Step 9 - Provide your banking details
Step 10 - Follow the prompts to complete your application
Option 2: Apply on WhatsApp
Step 1 - Add Sassa on WhatsApp using this number - 082 046 8553
Step 2 - Send a message to the number - Skills Portal sent "SRD Grant"
Step 3 - Indicate if you applying for yourself (sending the number 1) or on behalf of someone else (sending the number 2)
Step 4 - Send a message with your name (how it appears on your Identify Document)
Step 5 - Send a message with your surname (how it appears on your Identity Document
Step 6 - Read the terms and conditions. Once you have, respond YES if you accept the terms and conditions.
Step 7- Indicate whether you are a South African citizen (send the number 1) or a Permanent Resident (send the number 2) or a Refugee (send the number 3)
Step 8 - Click on the link sent to you in the WhatsApp chat
Step 9 - Confirm and accept the Clauses in the Declaration and Consent documents
Step 10 - Enter your ID number
Step 11 - Follow the prompts to complete your R350 grant application.
R350 grant applicants will be notified if their R350 grant application is successful. They will also receive an SMS notifying them that their money is available for collection.
Individuals whose applications are unsuccessful can submit a R350 grant appeal application.