How SASSA Payments Work Without Bank Accounts

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If you have been approved for a SASSA grant but did not choose to receive your payment through a bank account then you may be curious as to how the other payment methods work. Here's how you can get paid without a bank account. 


The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) distributes social relief grants to people who are unemployed and financially vulnerable.

After you have applied for the SASSA grant and have been approved for the grant then you might be wondering how the grant payment process works, if you have not opted to receive your payment into a bank account. 

Permanent Social grants are paid on designated days of the month. These grant payments start on the second day of every new month. These grants include the disability grant, older persons grant and the foster care grant.

However, if you are a beneficiary of the Social Relief Distress (SRD) grant then you will not have a fixed payment date, while child support grant beneficiaries are paid on the date which was ordered by the court.

Beneficiaries are allowed to choose which grant payment method works best for them.

Beneficiaries can receive their grant payments by making use of a SASSA card, visiting the merchants and retail stores. 

Here is how R350 SRD grants are paid:

Post Bank/CashSend Services

Should you not have a bank account, you can also receive your R350 grant through a CashSend, using the PostBank services.

This sees beneficiaries use their ID numbers and phone numbers to access their grant money. The cellphone number must be registered and belong to the grant applicant.

Checkers, PicknPay, Shoprite, Usave & Boxer Stores

In trying to find more ways for beneficiaries to collect their grant and to make SASSA grant payments easier, SASSA announced that beneficiaries can access their grant by visiting a Checkers, Boxer or PicknPay store. 

You will not be able to collect your grants at BP Pick n Pay Express, Pick n Pay Clothing and Pick n Pay Liquor stores.

Beneficiaries need to wait for an SMS saying that their grant is ready for collection before heading to the store.


Grant recipients can choose to have their grant money paid into their SASSA card account. By using the SASSA card account, you are not liable for any costs, unless the card is used for services that are in excess of what SASSA pays for.

If you choose to get a SASSA card, it will be issued to you by South African Post Office officials.

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