The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a government agency responsible for administering SASSA social relief grants to South African citizens in need of financial support because they have insufficient means of supporting themselves.
SASSA grants are also available for asylum seekers and refugees.
The Agency aims to provide a social grant safety net for vulnerable South African citizens, particularly those who are unable to support themselves due to poverty, disability or other circumstances through financial support.
SASSA was first established as the South African Social Security Agency in 2005 and falls under the Department of Social Development (DSD). The updated systems mean that you can make an online application for Sassa social grants. We have the details on how you can make your Sassa application online.
Here Are The Eight SASSA Social Grants You Can Apply For
SASSA provides financial support to vulnerable South Africans through the distribution of grants. These grants are:
Old Persons Grant
Care Dependency Grant
Social Grants for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD/R350)
War Veterans Grant
Foster Child Grant
Child Support Grant
Now, SASSA has made it possible to submit your SASSA grant applications online. This includes online Sassa applications for the SRD grant, which was introduced in 2020 as a response to the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of millions of South Africans. This temporary assistance has been extended for another year.
How To Submit Your Online SASSA Application
Should you want to submit a SASSA grant online application for one of these grants, there is good news. You don't have to make a manual application - you can lodge a Sassa online application to get your grants. The first step you will need is to create an online SASSA account for your application.
When you're done, you then need to visit the SASSA services page and click on 'Apply for a grant'. You will then need to follow the prompts to complete your application, which includes providing your mobile number, your South African ID number and your banking details, to get your grant money directly deposited to you.
Most importantly, you cannot have an additional or other source of income or financial support when applying for SASSA. This will be searched against your ID number.
SASSA Grant Eligibility Criteria
Be careful not to share your personal information with people you don't know and trust. Scammers often try to trick SASSA beneficiaries by posing as SASSA officials. If you are eligible you can do an online application to Sassa.
How To Track Your SASSA Grant Online Application
The SASSA website also provides existing applicants with the option of conducting a SASSA grant status check. This can be done by clicking on 'Track My Application' while you are logged into your account to check your Sassa grant online.
You will then need to follow the prompts to be given information on which stage your SASSA grant application is at. Sassa grant applications are generally processed quickly and correctly.
How To Submit Your SRD Grant Application Online
- Visit SASSA's SRD grant website to submit for the Social Relief of Distress grant application
- Click on the 'click here to apply on online' button
- Enter your mobile phone number and click 'send SMS'
- A One Time Pin (OTP) will be sent to the mobile phone number you provided
- Enter the OTP
- Confirm and accept the Clauses in the Declaration and Consent documents
- Enter your personal details including your ID number
- Provide your cell phone number, employment information and lifestyle sustainability information - and ID number again if asked
- Provide your banking details
- Submit any supporting documents
- Follow the prompts to complete your social relief grant application process
SASSA Provides Temporary Assistance
SASSA was created in 2005 to distribute social grants on behalf of the Department of Social Development. You can now apply for a Sassa grant online.
This was done to improve the standards of living in the country and are given to people who are vulnerable to poverty and/or in need of support from the government, such as the elderly, people living with disabilities and those with young children. A social grant can be a lifeline for people who are struggling.
Can I Use My Bank Account For SASSA?
Yes, you can, SASSA actually encourages an approved beneficiary to use their bank account for any future payments! You can use any of the major banks.
Should you opt to receive your SASSA grant payment through a bank account, it gives you more efficient and easier access to your grant. Make sure you register the correct banking details. If you give the wrong banking details you won't receive your grant. There is also a money transfer option.
You also cannot register someone else's bank account details in relation to your account when you do you Sassa online application. Sassa will only pay grants into a bank account in the name of the actual beneficiary. This is to ensure that money goes to the correct person, and stops other people pressuring anyone into giving up their grant.
It might be best to use one of the major banks for your Sassa account when you make your application online. There has recently been major delays to payments related the Postbank and their payment systems. Many beneficiaries of the Older Persons Grant had to wait for more than a week for their payments to be made. There was also an additional problem where the same beneficiaries were charged an admin fee on their account for the errror - even though it wasn't their fault. Eventually the problems were resolved and payments were processed correctly.
Visit our SASSA page to read on anything and everything SASSA, including where to find SASSA offices and SASSA contact details.