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  • How to track R350 SASSA grant application status on Whatsapp [Video]

    How to track R350 SASSA grant application status on Whatsapp [Video]

    The Department of Social Development announced that recipients of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant must reapply for the assistance as it will now be paid out under a new legislative framework


    The National State of Disaster, which facilitated the SRD grant, came to an end in April 2022. However, the Department of Social Development has been working on a regulatory framework for the payment of the grant since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the grant.

    The SASSA R350 grant’s new legislative framework has additional qualifying and assessment criteria, which is why recipients have to reapply if they’ve previously received assistance.

    “Fortunately, the entire application system remains a purely digital process, thereby enabling quick access and turnaround times,” said the department.

    You can now apply for the SRD grant on WhatsApp. Photo: Supplied

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    Applications can be made via the SASSA SRD website – https://srd.sassa.gov.za.

    Further application channels will be made available in due course.

    The department said applicants will be considered for the SASSA R350 grant from the month in which the application is made and it will be validated every month.

    Did you know that you can track your application for the SASSA’s R350 Social Relief Of Distress (SRD)


    Once you’ve submitted your application, you can track it on Whatsapp. 

    This is one of the few platforms that SASSA has given applicants as an option to track the progress of their applications. 

    Click here for more questions and answers on SASSA.

    Just follow these six easy steps: 

    • Add 082 046 8553 as a contact 
    • Open your WhatsApp and refresh your contacts
    • Open a chat with the (082 046 8553) number you have saved
    • Send a message to the number saying ‘status.’
    • Now you will be able to check the progress on your grant.
    • Once your chat has been received, you will then be required to provide your ID number and the cellphone number you used when applying for the grant. 

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    The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) said payments for the new COVID-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant would be made from mid-June 2022.


    Millions of South Africans who depend on the social assistance were forced to reapply for the grant after the State of Disaster lapsed and the grant was moved to a new legislative framework in April 2022.

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    Sassa said people who reapplied and were approved will receive the R350 grant from mid-June as part of the new cycle.

    “SASSA will continue clearing outstanding payments from the previous cycle as and when the bank details are confirmed.

    “The payments will not be done together but will be done month by month.

    “More than one payment may be made in a month but no one will receive double payments in amount.”


    This presumably means that the money owed to beneficiaries could be paid multiple times in a month but no single payment will be greater than R350.

    ALSO READ: Do you qualify for the Covid-19 grant? Here are the eligibility criteria

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