Since SASSA announced that South African Post Office is no longer considered a payment method for SASSA beneficiaries, R350 grant beneficiaries who have been waiting to receive their grant payment since the beginning of the current payment cycle are worried and will be pleased to know that the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) intends to resolve the issue by providing other payment channels for SRD Grant Recipients.
The South African Social Agency has recently indicated how it plans to address the Sassa Social Relief of Distress grant payment backlog for the new cycle which started at the beginning of April 2022.
Payments for the new cycle of the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, which began in April 2022, will be made in mid-June 2022, according to Sassa.
Sassa also went on to say that as soon as the bank details are validated, they will continue to clear outstanding payments from the previous cycle.
Sassa will continue clearing outstanding payments from the previous cycle as and when the bank details are confirmed.
Additionally, the R350 grant payments will not be made in one lump sum, but rather month by month. It is possible to make multiple payments in a month, but no one will be paid twice for the same amount.
Sassa will carry out these multiple payments in a month until the backlog is finalized, and after then, monthly payment will resume.
Beneficiaries of the Special Relief of Distress (SRD) grant have been encouraged to choose the bank as their preferred payment method as this would enable them to access their SRD grant from anywhere.
If you happen to be among those who qualify for the grant and you want to receive your Sassa payments through a bank account, here is how you can change your details.
How to add or change banking details:
- Visit the SRD website at srd.sassa.gov.za.
- Scroll down to ‘How do I change my bank details’
- Insert ID number
- Click Submit.
- You will receive an SMS, with a unique link.
- Click on the link received on the SMS.
- Click on Capture Bank own Bank account.
- Capture Bank name.
- Capture Account type.
- Capture Account number.
- Click Submit.
Grant applicants who chose to receive their R350 grant through a bank account should be aware that there is no set payment date since Sassa has promised them that they will receive their funds.
Receiving your grant through a bank account is encouraged but Sassa has also said that you can access or collect your grant payment using these options:
- Pick ‘n Pay
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Applicants should also keep in mind that when collecting their grant payments from the above-mentioned retail locations, they should always have a registered cellphone number, ideally the one used during the application procedure.
Beneficiaries should not go to the grant payment collecting stations before receiving an SMS message from Sassa because their grant will not be available.
Beneficiaries are also urged not to collect their Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant payments at the South African Post Office (Sapo), as the SAPO is no longer an outlet for grant payment collection.