Why Sassa Grant Payments Don't Start On The First Day On The Month

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Sassa has made it clear that Sassa grant payments commence on the second working day of the month, with many grant beneficiaries questioning this. Now, the social security agency has revealed why this happens.

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is responsible for disbursing social grants to over 18 million beneficiaries every month. These grants include the the Older Persons pension grant, Disability grantWar Veterans grantCare Dependency grant, Foster Child grant, Child Support grant, Child Support grant Top-Up and Grant-in-aid.

Sassa is also responsible for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, which is paid separately to the permanent social grants and has it's own Sassa grant payment schedule.

The agency announced that Sassa grant payments will be made from the second working day of the month, excluding public holidays and weekends. However, beneficiaries are unhappy with this arrangement and have called for grants to be paid from the first of every month.

One Sassa beneficiary said, "Pay us on the 1st of each month. Your salary dates are set dates so make our dates," with others saying asking, "how can people live like this with late payment". 

Sassa went on to explain:

This is our contribution to maintaining social distance & protecting the vulnerable from congestion at payment facilities.We humbly request beneficiaries to make adjustments with their creditors & budgets generally

The agency then says that it was a difficult decision to make but that due to circumstances, they were forced to make the change.

Sassa Payment Dates For 2024/2025

Sassa Payment Dates For April 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 3 April 2024
  • Disability Grants - 4 April 2024
  • Children's Grants - 5 April 2024

Sassa Payments Dates May 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 3 May 2024
  • Disability Grants - 6 May 2024
  • Children's Grants - 7 May 2024

Sassa Grant Payment Dates June 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 4 June 2024
  • Disability Grants - 5 June 2024
  • Children's Grants - 6 June 2024

July 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 2 July 2024
  • Disability Grants - 3 July 2024
  • Children's Grants - 4 July 2024

August 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 2 August 2024
  • Disability Grants - 5 August 2024
  • Children's Grants - 6 August 2024

September 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 3 September 2024
  • Disability Grants - 4 September 2024
  • Children's Grants - 5 September 2024

October 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 2 October 2024
  • Disability Grants - 3 October 2024
  • Children's Grants - 4 October 2024

November 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 5 November 2024
  • Disability Grants - 6 November 2024
  • Children's Grants - 7 November 2024

December 2024

  • Older Persons Grant - 3 December 2024
  • Disability Grants - 4 December 2024
  • Children's Grants - 5 December 2024

January 2025

  • Older Persons Grant - 3 January 2025
  • Disability Grants - 6 January 2025
  • Children's Grants - 7 January 2025

February 2025

  • Older Persons Grant - 4 February 2025
  • Disability Grants - 5 February 2025
  • Children's Grants - 6 February 2025

March 2025

  • Older Persons Grant - 4 March 2025
  • Disability Grants - 5 March 2025
  • Children's Grants - 6 March 2025

Sassa grants are expected to increase on 1 April 2024 and again on 1 October 2024, as announced by Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana. Godongwana unfortunately did not announce any increase for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.

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