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SASSA Grant Payments Don’t Start On The First Day Of The Month



SASSA Grant Payments Don't Start On The First Day Of The Month

SASSA Grant Payments Don’t Start On The First Day Of The Month. Sassa, the South African Social Security Agency, disburses social grants to over 18 million beneficiaries monthly. These grants encompass various categories such as the Older Persons pension grant, Disability grant, War Veterans grant, Care Dependency grant, Foster Child grant, Child Support grant, Child Support grant Top-Up, and Grant-in-aid.

Additionally, Sassa oversees the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, which follows a separate payment schedule from the permanent social grants.

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Payment Commencement

Sassa announced that grant payments are scheduled to commence from the second working day of each month, excluding weekends and public holidays. Despite this, beneficiaries have expressed dissatisfaction, advocating for payments to begin on the first day of the month.

Beneficiary Concerns

Many beneficiaries argue that Sassa should align its payment dates with the fixed salary dates of employees, stating, “Pay us on the 1st of each month. Your salary dates are set dates so make our dates.” Others have voiced concerns about the practicality of managing finances with delayed payments, questioning, “How can people live like this with late payment?”

SASSA Explanation

In response, Sassa explained that their decision was influenced by the need to maintain social distancing and protect vulnerable individuals from overcrowding at payment facilities. The agency has requested beneficiaries to adjust their financial planning and budgets accordingly.

SASSA Grant Payment Schedule 2024/2025

April 2024

  • Older Persons Grant: 3 April 2024
  • Disability Grants: 4 April 2024
  • Children’s Grants: 5 April 2024

May 2024

  • Older Persons Grant: 3 May 2024
  • Disability Grants: 6 May 2024
  • Children’s Grants: 7 May 2024

June 2024

  • Older Persons Grant: 4 June 2024
  • Disability Grants: 5 June 2024
  • Children’s Grants: 6 June 2024

(And so on for July 2024 to March 2025, detailing the dates for Older Persons Grant, Disability Grants, and Children’s Grants)

Future Grant Increases

SASSA  grants are anticipated to increase on 1 April 2024 and again on 1 October 2024, as announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. However, no increase has been announced for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.


In conclusion, Sassa’s decision to commence grant payments on the second working day of the month was driven by the necessity to manage social distancing and protect beneficiaries. While this schedule may inconvenience some, it is a measure taken in consideration of public health and safety.

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SASSA SRD Grants Approved Without Payout Date



SASSA SRD Grants Approved Without Payout Date

SASSA SRD Grants Approved Without Payout Date. Millions of people have been approved for a R370 grant payment this month. However, not all of those approved for an SRD grant payment have a payment date.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has revised why approved Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant beneficiaries do not have a payment date. Not having an SRD grant payment date essentially means they will not receive their R370 grant payment.

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Reasons for Missing Payment Dates

Sassa said two main reasons could be behind beneficiaries not having a pay date. This includes incorrect or outdated information.

Missing or Incomplete Banking Information

SASSA grant applicants who haven’t provided any banking details on the SASSA SRD website will not be included in the scheduled payments.

Beneficiaries can rectify this by taking immediate action and updating their bank details on the website.

Postbank Account Request

Previously, Sassa offered to open Postbank accounts for beneficiaries. However, this service is no longer available.

SRD grant applicants who requested this option are advised to either open an account with Postbank themselves and update SASSA with the new details or open an account with a different bank and provide those details to Sassa for SASSA  payment processing.

Cash Send Payment Issues

Beneficiaries who opted for cash send/mobile money payouts and haven’t received their grant might be facing a verification challenge.

SASSA requires beneficiaries’ ID numbers and cellphone numbers to match. Not providing a valid cellphone number will result in delayed R370 grant payments. Beneficiaries are encouraged to provide alternative banking details to facilitate a smooth transfer of the grant amount.

Still No Pay Date For SRD Grant?

Beneficiaries who are approved but haven’t received a payment date and fall outside of the categories mentioned above are encouraged to contact the Sassa Customer Care Call Centre at 0800 60 10 11 for further assistance and investigation.


While the approval of the SRD grant brings relief to many individuals and families in need, the absence of a payment date can be concerning. By understanding the reasons behind this issue and taking proactive steps to update information or seek assistance from Sassa.

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