You can now check up on a R350 Sassa grant – and see if someone else has been paid

Business Insider SA
Sassa SRD status checks now open
  • The much-delayed special R350 unemployment grants from the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) now comes with the option to check the status of an application.
  • But unlike on registration, there is no OTP security check in place for status checks.
  • So if you know someone's ID number and cellphone number, you can check whether they applied, and whether they have been paid.
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It is now possible to check on the status of your application for a special R350 Covid-19 grant – or, as long as you have an ID number and cellphone number, whether someone else has applied or been paid.

Anyone who has no other income or support from the state is eligible for the payments, which were due to start from 15 May and to run for six months. 

The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) this week simultaneously apologised for delays in getting payments out and said delays had been worth it, to make sure people who don't qualify don't receive payments.

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On Friday Sassa announced the new function that allows potential recipients to check the status of their applications. It can be accessed via the web on

Unlike the disastrous early implementation of the registration system, checking on the status of a grant was fast and flawless on Friday morning, Business Insider South Africa found.

Even if you wanted to check on the status of somebody else's grant.

Applying for the grant via the same website required confirmation of a cellphone number by way of a one-time PIN (OTP), in a standard security measure widely used to protect sensitive data.

But the OTP system is not used when checking the status of an application. If you have the right identity number, and the cellphone number used to apply, you can do a status check for any person.

Sassa application status: pending

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