Since the introduction of the SASSA SRD R350 grant, some payment options are available for use by applicants.
Today, we look at various payment methods or options available for applicants to choose from depending on their needs and convenience.
When the grant was first introduced in May 2020, the only option available then was Post Office Payments, but later they added bank account and wallet or Cash Send through partnered banks.
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Post Office Payments Option
As usual, Post office payments are the default pay point for the SASSA SRD R350 grant payments. If the applicant does not have any bank account or phone number registered, then the system automatically picks Post Office Payments.
Here, the approved applicant only needs an ID book or card for collection. Those who don’t have ID documents may have to apply a temporary ID from the Home Affairs Department.
There have been several reports of applicants going for their grants only to be told, someone has already collected the money. Very unfortunate and detestable and tantamount to corruption.
Some of these affected applicants are helpless and even if the matter is reported, nothing is done about it.
SASSA and post office must investigate these reports of thievery which is suspected to be among some of the staffs of the post office. Such complaints should be given the needed attention with all seriousness.
Post Office Virtual Cards
This is a new addition to the payment options when the SRD R350 Grant was reinstated. As the name goes, it is a virtual card, it is not a physical ATM card, but a virtual one with all the details of the debit card just like a Visa card, Master card, etc.
These virtual cards according to Post Office, are free to use. It can be used to withdraw from some ATM machines and Post Banks in the country. You are likely to use cardless services when using an ATM machine.
The card number and even a pin will be given.
Ewallet or Cash Send Payment Option
This is for those who do not have a bank account or do not want to go to the post office to collect their grants.
SASSA has some partnerships with some selected banks and when an applicant chooses this option, his account number becomes the phone number that should have been RICA’ed or registered in the applicant’s name.
In this case, you cannot use someone else’s cell phone number or if the sim card is yours but not registered, you cannot use it.
When you choose that option, just choose a preferred partnered bank and when the grant payment is issued, the applicant goes to the chosen bank to make a cash-out.
Personal Bank Account Payments for SRD R350 Grant
This is the most convenient way to receive payments. The money comes straight into your bank account without any third-party interference.
SASSA has already indicated the need for SRD R350 Grant to have their own bank accounts as that speeds up the payment process and for efficiency.
Some of the popular banks you can sign up for their accounts are TymeBank, Capitec, Standard Bank, Fnb Bank, ABSA bank, etc.