How To Apply For SASSA Unemployment Grant

The Sassa unemployment grant provides temporary financial relief for unemployed South Africans facing financial difficulties. With unemployment levels high, this grant offers a lifeline when you need it most. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the entire application process step-by-step.

What is the Sassa Unemployment Grant?

The Sassa unemployment grant, also known as the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant or SRD grant, provides R350 per month to unemployed South Africans with no income. Introduced in 2020 in response to the pandemic, the grant aims to support vulnerable individuals and families during times of hardship.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

To qualify for the Sassa unemployment grant, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 60
  • Be unemployed and not receiving any other social grant
  • Have a total household income below a certain threshold
  • Not have significant assets or investments

You will also need a valid South African ID, proof of residence, bank statement and proof of unemployment to complete the application.

How to Apply for the Sassa Unemployment Grant

Follow these steps to submit your application:

  1. Gather the required documents – Make copies of your ID, proof of residence, bank statements and unemployment letter.
  2. Apply online – Visit to create an account and complete the online application form.
  3. Upload your documents – Scan or take pictures of your documents and upload them as part of your application.
  4. Submit your application – Carefully review all details before submitting your completed application online.

You can also apply via WhatsApp by messaging 082 046 8553. Only one application will be processed so do not apply multiple times.

How Long Does Approval Take?

Due to the large volume of applications, it can take up to 2 months for your Sassa unemployment grant application to be processed and approved. Be patient as Sassa works through applications.

How to Check Your Application Status

To track your application status, you can:

  • Log in to your Sassa online account
  • Contact the Sassa helpline on 0800 60 10 11
  • Visit your nearest Sassa office

Your status will show as pending, approved or rejected. If approved, your grant payments will show in your bank account within days.

When to Re-apply

The Sassa unemployment grant is temporary. You will need to re-apply every month after the payment period lapses to continue receiving your R350 grant. Check your Sassa account for expiry dates and re-apply well in advance.

People Also Ask

How long does the unemployment grant last?

The Sassa unemployment grant lasts for one month only. You must reapply every month to continue receiving the R350 payment.

What if my application is rejected?

If your application is rejected, contact Sassa to find out why and get advice on reapplying. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and have provided all required documentation.

Can I appeal if my application is rejected?

Yes, you can lodge an appeal within 90 days of your rejection by writing to the Sassa Appeals Committee. Provide proof supporting your appeal.

What details do I need to provide when applying?

You need your ID number, contact information, bank details, employment status, income, residence details and ID copies when applying for the Sassa unemployment grant.

How will I receive the monthly payment?

If approved, the R350 will be paid into your nominated South African bank account on the date stated in your Sassa account.


Chinua Achebe, with a decade of expertise in SASSA and NSFAS, is your trusted guide in navigating these vital support programs. Count on his experience to help you access the assistance you need.

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