6 ways to apply for a SASSA SRD grant before 2024

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Exploring SASSA SRD Grants: A Comprehensive Guide for 2024


If you find yourself among the millions grappling with poverty in South Africa, securing a SASSA SRD grant can be a lifeline. Initiated as a response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this Social Relief of Distress grant has become a crucial support system. Here are six effective ways to apply for a SASSA SRD grant before the year concludes.

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The Current Landscape

As we approach 2024, changes are on the horizon, including alterations in terms and payment methods for the SASSA SRD grant. To navigate these shifts, it’s essential to explore the available avenues for application.

Six Application Methods

1. Online Application

Utilize the SASSA website for a convenient online application. Simply input your cellphone number, follow the prompts in the SMS received, and initiate your application.

2. Mobile Application via USSD

Dial 1347737# on your mobile phone to access the USSD service. Respond to a series of questions via text, confirming your citizenship status, personal details verification, and specifying your province.

3. WhatsApp Application

Opt for the WhatsApp application by messaging your details to 082 046 8553. Remember, applying through any one of these methods is sufficient; multiple applications are unnecessary.

4. Application Update

Periodically, you might need to update details on your SASSA SRD grant application. Visit the SASSA screening questions update page to modify your information as needed.

5. Check Your Application Status

Stay informed about your SASSA SRD grant status by using the official status-checking link. For insights into potential application denials, refer to the denial reasons explanation.

6. Lodging an Appeal

In case your SASSA SRD grant faces denial, initiate an appeal through the Department of Social Development (DSD) portal.


As we approach the new year, understanding the dynamics of SASSA SRD grants is crucial. Whether you’re a first-time applicant or seeking updates, these six methods provide a comprehensive guide to navigate the application process effectively. Stay informed, and share your experiences with us in the comments below. Follow @TheSANews on Twitter and The South African on Facebook for timely updates.

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