Long Queues Are Cut For R350 Grant Beneficiaries, This Is What You Need To Do
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it has begun with double payments for the outstanding R350 grant for June and July. If you are one of the unemployed South Africans who applied, you can check the status of your social relief grant. The link will let you know whether your application is approved or declined. Additionally, on the same link, you are able to check your SASSA R350 grant pay date.No More Long Queues For R350 Grant Beneficiaries, continue reading to learn more on what you need to do.
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SASSA R35 Latest News
Due to SASSA beneficiaries having to wait in long queues for their Special COVID-19 SRD grants, the South African Post Office has decided to implement a system to decrease the waiting time for these beneficiaries.
The South African Post Office believes that the system will make it easier for beneficiaries to adhere to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
The system has been introduced in the North West, Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
According to a statement released by the Post Office, each day of the week is reserved for different beneficiaries and depending on the last three digits of their ID numbers.
The following days are reserved for beneficiaries with these last three ID digits:
- Monday is reserved for 083 and 088.
- Tuesday is reserved for 084 and 089.
- Wednesday is reserved for 080 and 089.
- Thursday is reserved for 081 and 086.
- Friday is reserved for 082 and 087.
The Post Office has reserved the first week of the month for paying social grants to those collecting Disability, Elderly, and Child Grants.
Separate queues have been made available at post offices to decrease the waiting time and to ensure social distancing between beneficiaries.
The statement explained that “one queue is reserved for beneficiaries of the R350 grant, while the other queue is for all other transactions. There will be queue walkers, who will check ID numbers to ensure that the system is implemented.”
Beneficiaries are urged to call South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) for more information on 0800 60 10 11 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.
Alternatively, beneficiaries may visit SASSA’s website on www.sassa.gov.za.
Check Your SASSA R350 Pay Day Using The Link Below
Different applicants have different pay dates, therefore, feel free to follow the link and check your pay date. SASSA has come up with different pay dates to avoid overcrowding the post office with people collecting their social grant.
COVID-19 SRD Grant Application Status
The following are methods you can use to check your R350 grant application status:
- You can check your status online using the USSD provided,
- Using email, WhatsApp and SASSA SRD online portal. The WhatsApp no is 082 046 8553, you can also visit https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/status if you applied using email, USSD or the online portal. Please note that you will be asked to provide ID number and the number used to apply.
Please follow this link to check the status of your COVID-19 SRD grant application.
Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grants
Applications for the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant are only electronic. DO NOT VISIT SASSA OFFICES TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT. If you need assistance to apply, SASSA staff and appointed volunteers can assist.
The Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress amount is R350 per month, from the date it is approved. The grant will only be paid for a period from May until October. However, if applicants only apply in July, they will be paid from the month in which they apply – there will be no back pay.
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;
- 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.
What information is required:
- 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 does not require any applicant to scan in supporting documents such as ID, proof of address or bank statements.
By lodging an 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.
The provision of false information in an effort to qualify for the grant is an offence and will result in prosecution.
How to apply:
- WhatsApp: 0600 123 456 and select SASSA
- USSD: *134*7737#
- E-mail: SRD@sassa.gov.za(link sends e-mail)
- Call centre IVR: 0800 60 10 11
- Website: https://srd.sassa.gov.za
No paper-based applications will be accepted. Payment will be effected through a channel of your choice. 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. 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. 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.