350 unemployment grant 2023-2024

350 unemployment grant 2023-2024

350 unemployment grant 2023-2024

350 unemployment grant 2023-2024

The South African Social Security Agency has commenced accepting applications for the R350 special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant designed for unemployed individuals. Below is a list of all the details and instructions pertaining to the application process.


To be eligible for the R350 special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • They should be 18 years old or above.
  • They must be currently unemployed and not receiving any form of social assistance or income.
  • They should not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits or receiving any stipend under the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
  • They must not reside in a government-funded building.

In order to finalize their applications, prospective candidates must provide the following information.

  • Identity Number;

  • Name and Surname as captured in the ID (and initials);

  • Gender and Disability;

  • Banking details – Bank name and account number;

  • Contact details – Cell phone number;

  • Proof of residential address;

When does it start to pay off and for how long is it valid?

  • Starting from May 15th, the initial payment of R350 special Social Relief of Distress (SRD) will be disbursed as a response to Covid-19. The grants will last for six months and have a worth of R2,100 each. The eligibility criteria for the grant are that the applicants must be jobless South Africans of at least 18 years of age who do not receive any other form of government aid.

Ways to apply:

  • Send a WhatsApp message to 082 046 8553 as the Department of Health WhatsApp line (where initial tests were conducted) on 060 012 3456 is no longer valid.

  • Email to SRD@sassa.gov.za, which automatically sends back a form to fill in

  • A USSD code, by dialling *134*7737# from a cell phone

Sassa is due to have a special section on its website, at https://www.sassa.gov.za/Pages/COVID-19_SRD_Grant.aspx

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  • In the event that your application is rejected, it's possible that your cell phone number may have been updated. This is because the payment system has implemented fraud prevention measures, which includes verifying an applicant's cell phone number against public databases. If an applicant attempts to use a different mobile number from the one used in previous applications submitted to organizations like the Unemployment Insurance Fund or SA Revenue Service, the system will automatically reject the application.


Although it is not mandatory to submit any, you are still expected to provide proof of your address.

How is it distributed?

  • Recipients who do not possess bank accounts have various options for withdrawing money from ATMs. Thanks to the significant banks' cash-sending capabilities, people without bank accounts will receive money. To withdraw money, these systems, such as eWallet for First National Bank and CashSend for Absa, merely require fundamental information to be sent to a mobile phone number, and no card or other identity verification is necessary.

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