New Ways On How To Apply For R350 SASSA Grant

New Ways On How To Apply For R350 SASSA Grant

An influx of applicants flooded the SASSA website today as hopefuls applied to get their share of the R350 relief fund. This obviously caused the website to have downtime and South Africans were left frustrated as they could not apply for the R450 SASSA grant.

This was revealed by the South African Social Security Agency, which opened the re-applications of the R350 grants on Friday, 6 August 2021.


Sassa CEO, Busisiwe Memela-Khambula said this was an indication that people needed the grant.

“The president couldn’t have reinstated this grant at a better time. This morning, we added two new online channels for application in order to ease the pressure on our website namely GOVCHAT and Facebook messenger, ,” she said.

You can apply via Govchat Here : GOVCGAT APPLICATION

You can apply via Facebook Here : Facebook Application

Initially, applications were taken through the website on or WhatsApp on 082 046 8553 only.

Memela-Khambula said the applications opened at 9am but in 45 minutes the utilisation of the server hosting the website was above 95%.

Apply For R350 SASSA Grant
Apply For R350 SASSA Grant

“This resulted in the website slowing down dramatically, which necessitated us to use our disaster recovery sites and add more channels for application immediately. Our technicians are on high alert and will monitor the impact of these interventions in order to continuously improve the application experience for our clients,” Memela-Khambula said.


She further said that another channel USSD channel will be added to the existing ones.

“The construction of this channel is at an advanced stage and it will help people without smartphones to also be able to apply effortlessly. Further announcements will be made in due course,” said Memela-Khambula.

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