SASSA Does a U-Turn on Rejected R350 COVID-19 Grant Applications

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has declared that 85% of the UIF cases which were previously deemed not to be qualifying for the R350 COVID-19 grant qualify.

This is a major about-turn for an agency that has rejected millions of applicants for the special grant.

On 21 April, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a R500 billion stimulus package to deal with the negative economic impact of COVID-19.

As part of the package, Ramaphosa revealed a special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 a month for six months to be paid to jobless individuals.

The relief grant excludes anyone who receives any other form of a social grant or UIF payment.

Last week, SASSA promised to review rejected applicants.

SASSA informed applicants on Twitter that those who were rejected now qualify.

Last week, SASSA announced that more than two and a half million applicants have already been paid so far from over 3.2 million who applied for the COVID-19 grant.



  1. I am unemployed drom 2012.
    My application was approved on 30 May 2020. To date I have only received one payment. Please advise why my status is now saying Pending.

  2. good day
    can you please check we do online for my son he dont have phone
    we receive a sms his grant is approve

  3. Hi my application was declined
    But I don’t what could be the reason bcz I’m not working. How can I re apply?

  4. Hi. My name is Phumla Saliso I’m 55. Yrs not working since February 2019 m receiving Forster care grant. For 1 child .I see there are people who get child grant received the extra R350 although they are working and never applied it came automatically how is that different to me because I never got it

  5. I have received my first payment which was on the 5th of june after applying in april. And its pass the 5th of July again. So i will not be getting any payment or is the system still taking long ?

  6. My brother is unemployed and he is not receiving any social grant but his application for R350 covid19 is declined.

  7. I have applied for COVID 19 grants in May 2020,and it was declined,because they (SASSA) claim I have an outstanding IRP5,and I checked with SARS and Labour Department with no outstanding claim.

  8. I applied for sassa grant for covid 19, n application declined.. they said I’m registered for PAYA I’m very stressful because im unemployed..i only worked last year IEC for elections

  9. I applied for sassa grand for covid19 nd my application was declined……they say I get nsfas money .but I m not going to school since I finished my grade 12 never been in school not to talk of applying to any universities.


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