Who qualifies:

The unemployed, with no source of income at all, will receive a monthly R350 for the next six months, according to the Social Assistant Act of 2004.

Zulu said the grant will be available to South African citizens, permanent residents or refugees registered on the home affairs system who are resident within SA.

What you need in order to apply:

Prospective applications will need to provide an ID number, name and surname as captured on their ID, their gender, disability (if applicable), banking details, contact details and proof of residence.

How to apply

Unemployed South Africans can apply for the R350 grant by sending a WhatsApp message to 0600-123-456 and selecting Sassa or an e-mail to SRD@sassa.gov.za.

“We are still finalising additional access channels and including SMS, self-help desks and online applications. We will give information on these soon,” said Zulu.

No back pay

Zulu said the grant will be paid from the date of approval up to the end of October, provided the qualifying criteria listed continue to be met.

“So if applicants apply in June, their payments will be from June and there will be no back pay,” she added.

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