Millions of South Africans rely on social grants from SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) as a vital source of income and support. These grants provide essential financial assistance to individuals and families who are facing economic challenges and require support to meet their basic needs.
SASSA’s commitment to improving the well-being of disadvantaged citizens is exemplified through the structured payment schedule they implement, ensuring that grant recipients receive their funds in a timely manner.
If you are an approved beneficiary, knowing the exact payment dates for your specific grant is crucial to budgeting and meeting your needs. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about SASSA grant payment schedules and dates.
Summary of Monthly SASSA Grant Payments
- SASSA distributes various social grants and allowances on a monthly basis to qualifying applicants.
- These regular cash payments assist vulnerable groups like the elderly, disabled, and children in poverty.
- Different grants are paid on specific dates each month based on grant type.
- Schedules are set in advance and made public so recipients can plan around expected payment days.
- Funds are directly deposited into beneficiaries’ bank accounts or loaded onto SASSA cards.
- Recipients can withdraw funds from ATMs, retailers, and other access points on or after the scheduled dates.
- Understanding SASSA’s calendar for your particular grant is key to effectively budgeting and meeting monthly costs.
Schedules of SASSA Payment Grants 2023-2024
Grant Types and Amounts
SASSA distributes multiple social grants and allowances. Payment dates vary depending on the specific grant you receive:
- Older Person’s Grant – R2,110 per month for ages 60-75, R2,200 over 75.
- Disability Grant – R2,110 per month with a disability preventing work for over 6 months.
- Child Support Grant – R500 monthly for low-income caregivers of children under 18.
- Foster Child Grant – R1,070 per month for fostering a child through court order.
- Care Dependency Grant – R2,080 per month if caring for a child with severe disabilities.
- Grant-in-Aid – R500 monthly for a disabled person needing full-time care.
- War Veterans Grant – R2,220 per month for WW2 veterans or surviving spouses.
- Social Relief of Distress – Temporary R350 monthly relief for those with inadequate means.
Understanding which specific grants you receive, along with the amounts, is key to planning based on expected payment dates.
How Monthly SASSA Payment Cycles Work
SASSA grant payments follow a consistent monthly schedule:
- Older Person and Disability Grants are paid first, usually on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd of each month.
- All other grants follow a day or two after, typically paid on the 4th or 5th.
- Weekends and public holidays can shift payment days slightly from month to month.
- SRDS grants are paid upon approval, not on a set monthly schedule.
- Money transmits overnight to bank accounts or SASSA cards.
- Recipients can access funds from the morning of the payment date onwards.
- Unused balances remain available to withdraw whenever needed.
Understanding this cycle helps recipients anticipate and budget for payment month to month.
How Payment Dates Are Determined Each Month
Several factors determine the exact payment dates in any given month:
- The 1st of the month is prioritized for Older Person’s Grant and Disability Grant whenever possible, followed by other grants closely after.
- Weekends, public holidays, and month-end dates impact dates. Dates are adjusted accordingly.
- Available processing time for the government, banks, and SASSA influences scheduling.
- Annual calendar adjustments make room for 13 payment cycles rather than 12.
- Budget speech announcements in February and adjustments in October shift dates.
- Overall, a consistent schedule is maintained as much as possible month to month.
Many variables go into setting reliable, timely payment schedules beneficiaries can count on.
Accessing Payments on Scheduled Dates
Once payment day arrives, beneficiaries can access funds through
- ATM withdrawals using SASSA payment cards.
- POS purchases and cashback at retailers like Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Boxer, etc.
- Certain bank account withdrawals (if grants deposit directly).
- Local pay points for cash payouts (being phased out).
- Temporary mobile cash payment vehicles SASSA deploys.
Understanding all options to access payments quickly near payment day is key, along with knowing your area’s facilities.
Tips for Hassle-Free Payments
Follow these tips for smoother, faster grant payments:
- Know your payment dates and have cash on hand to last until then.
- Wait 2-3 days after the scheduled date to avoid crowds.
- Use secure ATMs and shop safely in pairs or groups.
- Memorize your PIN and keep your cards safe. Report lost cards immediately.
- Confirm your funds are available in your account before traveling to access.
- Have contingency transport plans in case of long queues.
- Report issues promptly to SASSA for investigation.
With some planning, you can make the most of your grant payments when they arrive.
October Increases to Grant Amounts
In October of each year, the amounts for most SASSA grants are increased slightly to match inflation. The only regular exception is the SRD grant.
For October 2023, the following monthly increases were approved:
- Older Person’s Grant – Increased by R100 to R2,210 for ages 60-75, R2,300 over 75.
- Disability Grant – Increased by R90 to R2,200.
- All other grants – Increased by R50 per eligible recipient.
When planning budgets and savings targets, be sure to account for the annual October increase to your grants.
Notification of Payment Dates Via Mobile Phone
Recipients with mobile phones can receive SMS notifications of upcoming payment dates directly from SASSA by
- Registering your mobile number with your grant application.
- Ensuring you have sufficient airtime and SMS capabilities.
- Providing prompt notification if you change your number.
- Opting in for payment date alerts when prompted.
These text reminders help you prepare for and coordinate access to your payments once they disburse.
Calling in for Payment Date Confirmation
If you need to confirm upcoming payment dates, you can call:
- The SASSA national toll-free inquiry line at 0800 60 10 11 for general payment schedule info.
- Your regional SASSA office number for specifics on your grant type.
- The SASSA fraud hotline at 0800 601 011 for date verification if you suspect fraud.
Speaking directly with SASSA representatives allows you to clarify expected payment timelines tailored to your specific grant.
Checking Payment Dates Online
For self-service access to payment schedules, the SASSA online portal and mobile app provide grant recipients with options to confirm their particular payment dates.
- On the portal, log into your account and click “Payment Date” or “Benefit Status”.
- On the app, select “Benefits” then “Payment Dates”.
- Enter your ID and grant details to see your individual upcoming schedule.
Checking your dates online is quick and convenient for tech-savvy users.
Payment Schedule Calendars From SASSA Offices
If you prefer seeing an annual calendar format for planning, you can obtain complete payment schedules for the year ahead by:
- Visiting your local SASSA regional office in person.
- Speaking with customer care representatives.
- Requesting a printed payment calendar booklet.
Having the full year’s payment dates handy as a reference can simplify financial planning and coordination with payment cycles.
Important Things to Know About Payment Dates
Here are some key points to remember about SASSA payment dates:
- Only approved beneficiaries receive payments on schedule. Pending applicants are not included.
- Receiving grants on different dates doesn’t change the value of payments.
- Monthly schedules may shift slightly year to year, so always confirm dates.
- Balances remain available in accounts or on cards until used.
- Notify SASSA promptly if expected payments are ever missed or delayed without explanation.
Staying informed on these aspects helps ensure recipients maximize their grant funds.
Steps to Take If Your Payment Is Late
If your grant payment is ever late or missed without explanation on an expected date, promptly take these steps:
- Check online or call to confirm the correct payment date for your grant.
- Call your bank to confirm no deposits were made to your account on recent dates.
- Visit nearby ATMs/ shops to check if funds were deposited to your SASSA card.
- Call SASSA to report the missing payment and request an investigation.
- File a complaint with the SASSA Complaints Handling office.
- Visit your SASSA office for in-person assistance if needed.
Don’t delay in reporting and following up on any late grants. Account errors or system glitches can sometimes disrupt deposits.
Managing Long Waits or Crowds on Payment Days
Due to the high volume of beneficiaries accessing grants on scheduled dates, long lines and wait times at points like ATMs and pay points are unfortunately common. If you experience this, try the following:
- Avoid going on the first 1-2 days after payment if possible. Crowds tend to subside after the initial rush.
- Arrive very early in the morning or late at night when fewer people are around.
- Bring snacks, portable chairs/umbrellas, medications, and entertainment to make waiting more bearable.
- Travel in groups for safety and take turns holding spaces in lines when needed.
- Confirm backup transportation plans in case public options become overloaded.
- Follow queues properly and be patient with others who also need access.
While frustrating, taking steps to plan for crowds and waits can help ease the process.
Reporting Safety or Payment Issues
If you ever encounter safety issues, payment problems, or dishonest staff when trying to access your grant funds, report this immediately:
- File a complaint in-person at your nearest SASSA office to initiate an investigation.
- Call the SASSA national anti-corruption hotline at 0800 701 701 to report corruption by officials.
- Notify SAPO via emails if issues occur at Post Office pay points.
- Report crimes or threats to your local police station or SAPS promptly.
Don’t stay silent. Speak up to prevent unlawful actions that could put you and others at risk of losing needed grant money.
Can Recipients Switch to Different Payment Dates?
SASSA’s payment schedules are fixed based on grant type. Individual recipients cannot pick and choose different payment dates. However, some options exist if the set dates are problematic:
- Recipients can wait several days to access payments after the scheduled dates when crowds dissipate.
- Dominations allow portions of grants to be accessed early in the month if needed.
- Recipients with accounts can arrange special debit orders on non-payment dates.
- Disability grants can select a year-end payout lump sum option.
Discuss available alternatives with SASSA Officers if your assigned dates pose difficulties each month.
Contesting Rejected Applications and Non-Payments
If your grant application is rejected, or your payments suddenly cease unexpectedly, you have recourse:
- Request an Application for Reconsideration within 90 days to contest an unfounded rejection.
- Submit appeals to the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA) if reconsideration is denied.
- Notify SASSA immediately if payments suddenly and unjustly cease so they can investigate.
- Submit Mandatory Reconsiderations or lodge appeals for unfair grant cancellations.
Don’t abandon needed grants without first leveraging all options to contest unjust outcomes. Seek assistance if required.
Can You Receive Multiple Grants Together?
In certain situations, beneficiaries can qualify and be approved for multiple grants simultaneously:
- Older Persons can also get a Grant-in-Aid or War Veteran’s Grant.
- Disability Grants can be supplemented with Grants-in-Aid.
- Child Support Grants complement Foster Care Grants if eligible for both.
When approved for multiple grants, recipients get a streamlined consolidated payment on the earliest date. This simplifies grant access.
Options to Access New SRD Grant Payments
The special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant introduced in 2020 currently uses these payment channels:
- Approved amounts automatically deposit into applicants’ bank accounts on file if validated.
- Applicants without accounts can opt to receive payments through money transfers at some retailers.
- SRD payments also transmit to SASSA cards for approved current beneficiaries of other grants.
Check application statuses regularly, as SRD grants transmit upon approval, not on fixed monthly schedules.
Tracking SRD Application Status for Payment Updates
Since SRD grants approve on a rolling basis, you must track your unique application status for updates:
- Check online at the official website using your ID and phone number.
- Dial 1347737# on your phone and follow the prompts.
- Call 0800 60 10 11 or email [email protected] for assistance.
- Visit local offices for in-person application status checks.
Confirming where your SRD application stands is crucial to determining if and when payments will flow.
Arrange Contingency Plans for Payment Delays
Given the high demand for SRD grants, it can take weeks or months for applications to be processed and approved. To cope while in financial distress:
- Lean on support networks like friends, family, churches, etc. where possible.
- Prioritize essentials like food, rent, and utilities and negotiate leniency if struggling.
- Explore payment plans, reduced services, charity relief, and debt consolidation options.
- Research government, NGO, community, and private aid programs that can potentially assist.
- Economize where feasible and engage in any casual or part-time work available.
Being proactive and patient sets you up for stability even amid delays in critical relief.
Do Payment Dates Ever Shift from Year to Year?
While SASSA attempts to maintain consistent payment schedules annually, dates may need to shift slightly from year to year:
- Public holidays moving between years can require payments to adjust.
- The total number of payment cycles needed year to year fluctuates, moving dates.
- Budget speech changes announced in February impact annual schedules.
- Administrative processing realities force tweaks to timelines.
To account for possible shifts, always confirm your specific payment dates for each new year a few months in advance through SASSA directly. Never assume they remain unchanged.
Does Everyone Access Payments Immediately on Schedule?
Not necessarily. While funds transmit on the scheduled payment dates, recipients can access them anytime thereafter. Some may choose to:
- Delay accessing a few days until initial crowds dissipate for convenience.
- Spread accessing in parts at different times over the month based on needs.
- Build up balances purposefully before withdrawing portions in bulk.
As long as funds show as available, recipients can adapt accessing around what works best for their monthly plans, transportation, safety, and other concerns.
Setting Payment Reminders and Alerts
To avoid forgetting your SASSA payment dates and deadlines:
- Note them clearly on your calendar, journal, or reminder app on your phone when they are confirmed.
- Set automated email or app reminders to alert you a certain number of days before.
- Request text reminders from SASSA if receiving mobile payment notifications from them.
- Ask a friend or family member to call you as a backup reminder as the dates approach.
Setting prompts helps ensure you never miss planning for or tracking your essential grant payments as scheduled.
Reporting Lost or Stolen SASSA Cards
If your SASSA card is ever lost, stolen, or fraudulently accessed, act urgently:
- Call 0800 601 011 immediately to report it as lost/stolen. This disables the card.
- Visit your SASSA office as soon as possible to request a replacement card.
- Provide the reference number received during your call to reissue the card.
- Confirm no unauthorized withdrawals were made in the interim. Dispute any that occurred.
Prompt action protects your grant funds and ensures you still have access to upcoming payment dates. Never delay reporting lost or stolen SASSA payment cards.
Options If No Permanent Residence Currently
Those experiencing homelessness without a permanent physical address can still potentially receive grant payments using:
- Mobile phone numbers for SMS notifications and OTPs for applications/inquiries.
- Email addresses for online grant access where possible.
- Banks allow South Africans to open accounts using IDs rather than proof of address.
- Pay points or cash payment days in areas you frequent where SASSA deploys services.
Be upfront about your living situation so SASSA can tailor suitable payment and card collection options. There are paths forward.
Can Recipients Opt For Larger Quarterly Payments?
Currently, SASSA grants are only dispersed in smaller monthly installments, not in less frequent lump sums. But a few workarounds exist:
- Recipients can draw just portions of grants each month and allow the balance to accumulate for larger periodic withdrawals.
- Dominations allow segments to be drawn more frequently, like weekly or fortnightly.
- Disability grants qualify for annual December year-end payouts of the total remaining funds for the year.
Discuss available options with SASSA officers if your situation makes less frequent, larger payments advantageous or necessary. Possibilities exist.
Reporting Discrimination or Mistreatment
If you ever experience discrimination, disrespectful treatment, abuse, or unfair service from SASSA officials or contractors, don’t stay silent:
- File verbal or written complaints immediately at the local, regional, or national SASSA offices for a formal investigation.
- Report conduct to the SASSA Complaints Handling Office for resolution.
- Contact the SASSA toll-free fraud hotline if criminal offenses are involved.
- Notify social justice groups for assistance with legal action if needed.
You have rights. Speak up to uphold them and help transform harmful institutional cultures.
FAQs about SASSA Payment Dates
When are SASSA grants paid each month?
Older Person’s Grants and Disability Grants are paid first, usually on the 1st-3rd of the month. Other grants follow a day or two after, typically the 4th-5th.
How can I check the payment dates for my specific grant?
You can check online using the SASSA portal, call the SASSA hotline, obtain a payment calendar from your local office, or receive SMS reminders if registered for notifications.
Do payment dates change each year?
Yes, dates can shift slightly year-to-year based on public holidays, processing capacities, budget speech changes, and other factors. Always confirm your new dates.
What do I do if my payment is late or missing?
Promptly contact SASSA to report the issue, check that the correct date was followed, verify no deposits were made to your account/card, and file a complaint for investigation.
How do I access grant payments on scheduled dates?
Through ATM withdrawals, POS purchases at retailers, certain bank account transfers, remaining pay points, and temporary mobile cash vehicles that SASSA deploys.
Why do Older Person and Disability Grants pay first?
These grants are prioritized to pay first on the 1st-3rd whenever feasible, followed by other grants closely after, to give the oldest and disabled swiftest access.
Can I opt for quarterly lump sum grant payments instead?
No, monthly payments are standard. But portions can accumulate for larger periodic withdrawals, and some alternate options exist like dominations.
What special payment considerations apply this year?
Potential pandemic impacts, backlogs, appeals, and capacity constraints may still shift some dates, so remain adaptable as SASSA monitors the situation.
Can Foreign Nationals Receive SASSA Grants?
Foreign nationals from select countries impacted by disasters or crises may qualify for temporary emergency SRD grants.
SASSA payment dates are not just numbers on a calendar; they are a lifeline for millions of vulnerable individuals and families in South Africa. The structured payment schedule and diverse range of grants offered by SASSA provide a safety net for those facing financial difficulties. By adhering to safety tips and utilizing the available tools to check payment status, beneficiaries can better manage their finances and achieve greater stability in their lives. SASSA’s dedication to delivering timely financial support serves as a testament to the agency’s commitment to promoting the well-being of South Africa’s citizens.