Thousands of Asylum Seekers Applied For SASSA SRD Grant


SASSA has now made it possible for individuals without an ID to apply to the Special Relief of Distress grant, also known as the SRD grant. Applications for the grant are now open until March 2022.


Unemployed caregivers who don't have IDs are allowed to apply to the R350 grant. Due to there being no ID, they can then use their SASSA generated ID number. 

SASSA's Spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi, said there are around 10 000 who have applied in this way. This is to cater to asylum seekers and refugees.

They will first need to have made an application at Home Affairs to be categorised as a refugee and then that will need to be sent to SASSA. After this, SASSA generates a unique number that is given to the individual which will be used to apply.

SASSA has allocated individuals without the 13-digit bar-coded ID numbers a system-generated 7777 identification number to help them to access social assistance so that they can apply for social grants. 

Those caregivers who do not have their system-generated 7777 identification number are advised to contact SASSA using their toll-free number 0800 60 10 11 in order to request the 7777 number. 

Should the individual not have a bank account to receive their R350 grant, they can collect their grant money at the Post Office, PicknPay or Boxer stores.

Letsatsi urged beneficiaries to not head to Post Offices to find out when their R350 grant would be paid and to instead wait for an SMS which says their grant is ready for collection.

When announcing this reintroduction of the R350 grant in July, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that unemployed caregivers who currently receive a child support grant, would also be eligible to apply for this grant. 


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