How to apply for SASSA R350 grant 2021

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu has confirmed the opening of applications for the SASSA R350 special Covid-19 social relief of distress grant for South African citizens.

Briefing the media on Wednesday about the SASSA R350 grant she said: “The application channels for this grant will be opened from Friday, 06 August 2021 and we expect that the first payments to be made in the last week of August 2021.

This as the previous SASSA R350 grant allocation expired on 30 April 2021.

“This means that all those who had previously applied must re-apply again, in order to enable us to assess their eligibility as we did every month during the previous period,” says Zulu.

“The applications shall be considered from the month of application (Aug) and paid up to 31 March 22 provided the qualifying criteria continues to be met…”

How to apply for the SASSA R350 grant?

The Department of Social Development advises applicants to submit applications through one of the above channels.

  • In order to access or to have the application reconsidered for the grant, an applicant must grant consent for South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to verify his or her identity, residency, income or social security benefits with any other institution deemed necessary by SASSA

Eligibility criteria for the social relief of distress grant

Must be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee registered on the Home Affairs database and people who are holders of the special permits under the Special Angolan dispensation, Lesotho Exemption Permit dispensation, and Zimbabwe Exemption dispensation.

a)Must be an asylum seeker whose section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on March 2020.

b) Currently residing within the borders of RSA.

c) between the ages of 18 and 59.

d) Unemployed

e) not receiving any social grant in respect of self

f) not receiving a UIF benefit and does not qualify for that benefit

g) not receiving a stipend from NSFAS and other financial aid

h) not receiving any other government Covid 19 response support

i) not a resident in a government-funded or subsidised institution


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