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A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for the SASSA SRD Grant (2024)

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant to support unemployed South Africans facing financial hardship. Follow this guide to apply for the SASSA SRD Grant.

Before You Apply

Am I Eligible?

  • You must be a South African citizen, refugee, or asylum seeker.
  • Age between 18 and 60 years.
  • Unemployed and not receiving other government grants (with some exceptions).

Gather Your Documents

  • South African ID number (or passport number for refugees/asylum seekers).
  • Valid phone number registered in your name.

Applying Online (Recommended)

  1. Visit the SASSA SRD Grant Website
  2. Start Your Application
    • Click on “Click here to apply online”.
  3. Verify Your Phone Number
    • Enter your cell phone number and click “Send SMS”.
    • You will receive a One-Time Pin (OTP) via SMS.
  4. Enter the OTP
    • Enter the OTP received and click “Verify”.
  5. Read and Accept the Agreement
    • Read the terms and conditions of the SASSA SRD Grant agreement and click “Accept” if you agree.
  6. Fill Out Your Information
    • Accurately fill out the application form with your personal details, contact information, and banking details (if applicable).
  7. Submit Your Application
    • Review all the information and click “Submit” to finalize your application.

Applying via WhatsApp (Alternative)

  1. Save the SASSA WhatsApp Number
    • Add the number (082 046 8553) to your contacts.
  2. Start a Chat
    • Send “Hi” to initiate the process.
  3. Follow the Instructions
    • Provide your personal details, employment status, and agree to the terms and conditions as prompted.
  4. Submit Your Application
    • Complete the steps and submit your application via WhatsApp. You will receive a confirmation message.

After Applying

Keep Your Reference Number

  • Note the reference number provided. You’ll need it to track your application status.

Check Your Application Status

  • Visit the SASSA website to check your status using your ID number and reference number.

Important Tips

  • Apply Once: Submitting multiple applications can lead to disqualification.
  • Accurate Information: Ensure all details are correct to avoid delays.
  • Update Contact Info: Keep your phone number and banking details updated.
  • Be Patient: Processing times vary, so avoid frequent inquiries.

Additional Resources

By following these steps and utilizing the provided resources, you can successfully apply for the SASSA SRD Grant and potentially receive much-needed financial assistance.


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