SASSA South African Social Security Agency Webpage

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SASSA South African Social Security Agency Webpage

SASSA South African Social Security Agency Webpage | The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a national agency of the South African government created in April 2005 to administer South Africa’s social security system, including by distributing social grants, on behalf of the Department of Social Development (DSD). It is under the oversight, but not the operational control, of DSD and the Ministry of Social Development. Established in terms of the Social Assistance Act of 2004 and the South African Social Security Agency Act of 2004, SASSA is a public entity in terms of Schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act. As of 2022, its chief executive officer was Busisiwe Memela-Khambula.

SASSA was founded in 2005 to centralise the provision of social security assistance, formerly a primarily provincial function, to reduce corruption and improve service delivery. It was closely modelled on its Australian counterpart, Centrelink. Its key functions relate to the administration and payment of social grants, which support a large proportion of the South African population: in 2022, 46% of South Africans received a social grant. SASSA’s functions include processing applications for social security assistance, verifying and approving applications, disbursing and paying grants to eligible beneficiaries, and preventing and detecting fraud.

The Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant, The President declared a National State of Disaster as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic. In this regard, he introduced a special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD) of R350 per month for 6 months to be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment etc. This Social Relief of Distress Programme was confirmed in the Regulations made under Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002): Measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19, as amended.
 Applicants will need to provide the following information

  • Identity Number or Department of Home Affairs Refugee permit number
  • Name and Surname as captured in the Identity Document
  • Gender and Disability
  • Contact details – Cell phone number
  • Residential Address
See also  SASSA Grant Appeal
Important to note applicants will have to sign a declaration and consent to their information being validated and shared with other organisations and financial institutions such as SARS and banks. A detailed declaration and consent document is available on this website. During the application process, applicants are expected to agree or disagree with this document by confirming for instance through a yes or no option. Successful applicants will have to provide their banking details for payment purposes or their bank of choice for a cash transfer. How does the SRD R350 grant work Frequently asked questions how do I confirm that I still qualify for, and need this SRD Grant?

You can also confirm your application via:

  • WhatsApp: 082 046 8553

You only have to confirm your existing application once via this website or the above WhatsApp number and not many times on every channel.
SASSA will only process one confirmation received from each applicant.

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