You can check your SASSA balance via your phone by following the below steps:
- Dial *120*3210# on your phone
- Follow the prompts
If the above USSD code and balance check does not work, then try the following:
- Dial *120*69277# on your phone
- Follow each step
- You should then get an SMS
Status Check Your SASSA Balance Using WhatsApp via Cell Phone
You can check your SASSA status using WhatsApp on your cellular phone:
- Send the word “Sassa” to the Sassa WhatsApp application number – 082 046 8553
- Reply with the text “Status“
- Reply “Yes” if you have reference number.
- Reply with your mobile number used when applying for the grant.
- Reply with your reference number.
Applicants can also check the current SRD grant application status on the official SASSA website using the online dashboard link here
SASSA is an entity of the Department of Social Development Agency responsible for administering social assistance in terms of Section 3 of the Social Assistance Act. This mainly involves providing benefits and grant money to grant recipients. You can follow them on twitter
@OfficialSASSA for the latest news and email updates directly from the organisation.
SASSA provides South Africans with a number of social grants from care dependent and child support to disability and war veterans.
The department recently set up the special Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant more commonly known as the SRD R350 grant. This is a grant of R350 per month for 6 months which is to be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment. You can find out more about the Covid SRD R350 grant including the application process and eligibility criteria at the SASSA website here: https://srd.sassa.gov.za
SASSA will be managing all R350 Grant Applications and social grant payments.
What if my application for grant payment has been rejected?
Some people are finding when they do the status check that their grant payment is being declined with a response ‘Registered at SARS for PAYE’ or ‘Receiving a source of income’. It must be noted that according to SASSA requirements, in order to qualify for the grant, the applicant needs to be unemployed (and not have any source of income). As well as not receiving UIF or any other grants. However, as of July 2021, this does not include people receiving a child support grant. SASSA have reported that when an application is currently declined, it is usually as the applicant has an income greater than R595 / month, excluding any child grant.
If you’re SRD application is rejected, you can make an appeal on the SRD website. As stated, for declined applications, the client can submit a service request for reconsideration through the website under the tab: application for reconsideration.
Details of your R350 grant status and outstanding payments can be seen below. Check to see if you are eligible in the current grant payment cycle.
In the last round of applications, SASSA directed appeals and questions to be sent to email@example.com
SASSA R350 Grant Application Status Update
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu made a statement to say that nine million people South African people have applied for the SASSA Covid SRD R350 grant. There have been reports of long queues at pay points where the R350 is being paid (due to the millions of applications) The minister recommends that users provide their bank account details where possible so the R350 can be paid directly into their accounts. Providing you banking details as a payment method can speed up the cash payments. Most grant recipients have been using the money for food.
From September 22nd, as well as the Post Office, you can also collect your R350 social relief grant from Pick n Pay & Boxer stores in South Africa. You will need to have received the SMS to say your grant is ready. Make sure you bring your cellular phone and ID to the store when you collect. This means that there will be access to cash for those people who do not have a bank account. Payments can also be received via Bank Mobile Money Transfers.
Remember, only visit after you have received an SMS telling you your grant is ready.
Going forward, use the following link to check the latest R350 SRD Payment Dates.
SASSA Contact Details
Government COVID-19 response support
SASSA Offices Toll Free Contact Number: 0800 60 10 11
SASSA Confirm the payment of R1050 For Approved Beneficiary
Many want to know What will Happens To Old R350 Grants That Weren’t Paid Yet?
SASSA distributes the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to millions of South Africans every month. However, some beneficiaries have not received all their payments for the months that they were approved, here’s what happens to those R350 payments. SASSA Confirm the payment of R1050 For Approved Beneficiary
The R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is provided by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to beneficiaries who are unemployed and in need of financial assistance from the South African government.
Millions of South Africans have been benefitting from the R350 SRD grant, however many have raised concerns about not being paid for all the months that they were approved for the grant.
SASSA assured beneficiaries that they would be paid for all the months that they were approved but that these payments may not necessarily be made as a double payment or in the form of a lump sum or on even the same day. In a social media post,
This means that all the payments due to a beneficiary can be split over days or weeks.
“SASSA will do these multiple payments in a month until the backlog is finalized, where after monthly payments will resume.”.
SASSA announced that everyone who was receiving R350 grant payments would have to reapply for the grant as the qualifying criteria changed due to the change in regulatory framework.
The following criteria must be met in order to qualify for the R350 SRD grant:
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
Beneficiaries who applied for the SRD grant from April 2022 and were approved can expect to start receiving their payments for the new cycle of the R350 SRD grant from mid-June 2022