How to apply for sassa relief fund

Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown 

Applications for the R350 SASSA Social relief of distress grants are now open.

Applicants must be:
– Above the age of 18;
– Unemployed;
– Not receiving any income;
– Not receiving any social grant;
– Not receiving any unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive unemployment insurance benefits;
– Not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme; and
– Not resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.

Prospective Applicants will need to provide the following compulsory information for processing of their applications:

– 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;

In terms of Application process, an application for social relief of distress or a social grant may be lodged electronically over and above any other available means of lodging such applications. The measures applicable include sending a WhatsApp message to 0600 123 456 and selecting SASSA or an E-mail to We are still finalising additional access channels and including SMS, self-help desks and online application process.

Who can apply?

  • An unemployed person
  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Not not be receiving social grants, UIF OR NSFAS benefits

What You need to apply?

  • Identity Document
  • Banking details
  • Contact Number – Cellphone number
  • Proof of residential address

How to apply

  • Apply on whatsapp by sending a message to the number : 082 046 8553 . You can save the number as sassa grant on your phone book then search for it on whatsapp
  • You can also apply by dialing *134*7737#
  • Email: unemployment relief fund