How to Apply for SASSA Online: A Simple Guide

Applying for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grant is now easier than ever. With digital technology at your fingertips, the application process can be completed conveniently online or via WhatsApp. This blog post provides a step-by-step guide on how to apply for SASSA online and what to expect during the process.

Apply for SASSA Online

To kick off your application for SASSA online, follow these straightforward steps:

  • Visit the official SASSA website at
  • Scroll down to the “How do I apply for this SRD Grant” section.
  • Click on the button that reads ‘Click here to apply online.’
  • Once clicked, you’ll be prompted to enter your mobile number. After entering, click on the ‘Send SMS’ button.
  • You’ll receive an OTP (One-Time Pin) on your cellphone shortly.
  • Enter the OTP into the online form to verify your phone number.

Now, you can proceed with the application by completing the remaining fields.

Apply for SASSA via WhatsApp

For those who prefer using WhatsApp, SASSA has provided a method for you as well:

  • Save the number 082 046 8553 as a contact on your cellphone.
  • Open WhatsApp and send this new contact a simple ‘hi’ message.
  • An automated response will be sent back to you. Respond by typing ‘help.’
  • You’ll be given a list of options. To proceed with your application, reply by typing the number ‘4’.
  • You’ll receive the Sassa platform message. Reply to this message with ‘SRD.’
  • Indicate whether you’re applying for yourself or on behalf of someone else.
  • You’ll then be prompted to submit your name, surname, and ID number in the message.
  • Once you’ve done this, further instructions will be sent to you on WhatsApp.

Remember, you must grant SASSA consent to verify your identification, residency, income, and social security benefits for your SRD grant application to be considered. This is achieved by accepting the declaration and consent forms provided during the process.

SASSA emphasizes the importance of submitting only one application per person. Submitting multiple applications across different platforms won’t expedite the process and could cause unnecessary delays.

All SRD grant applications received before the 15th of the month should be approved or rejected by SASSA in due course. You can check your SASSA application status online. Moreover, you should also receive an SMS to inform you if your application has been approved or rejected.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What information will I need to provide during the application process?

You must provide your name, surname, ID number, and consent for SASSA to verify your identification, residency, income, and social security benefits.

Can I submit multiple applications to speed up the process?

Submitting various applications won’t speed up the process and might lead to delays. SASSA recommends submitting only one application.

When should I expect to hear back about my SRD grant application?

SASSA should approve or reject all SRD grant applications received before the 15th of the month. However, processing times can vary.

How can I check the status of my SASSA application?

You can check the status of your SASSA application online on the SASSA website. You should also receive an SMS notification about your application status.

What should I do if my SASSA application is rejected?

If your SASSA application is denied, you will receive information on the reasons for the rejection. If you believe there’s been a mistake, you can appeal the decision with SASSA.


In conclusion, applying for a SASSA grant has been simplified thanks to these online platforms. Whether you’re a computer user or a smartphone enthusiast, the process is just a few clicks away. Make the most of this digital convenience to secure your grant hassle-free.

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