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In an effort to keep up with the rising cost of living, Sassa has officially increased permanent social grants by roughly 5%. The Agency has also provided a detailed schedule of when beneficiaries can collect their grant payments for the current month.
 


Grant beneficiaries have been advised to visit post office branches if their South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) gold cards are expiring. Many will be left without the ability to access their money without a new gold card.


The Department of Social Development received an allocation of R66 billion over the medium term. This budget will be split among millions of social grant beneficiaries who receive payments monthly. 

 


Over the years, social grants administered by the South African Social Security Agency have served as a main source of income for many people living in South Africa. 


Just under 50% of South Africa's population relies on the government’s social grants to survive every month. Some social grant beneficiaries use the government gold cards to make their monthly withdrawals, but some of these cards are expected to expire soon.

 


Every month, the Sassa distributes social grants to its millions of beneficiaries. The payment schedule for the month of April has recently been confirmed.

 


The agency that distributes social grants in South Africa expects more people to apply for the R350 grant after the legislation under which the grant is provided was adjusted. However, this may lead to delays in receiving the decisions on whether or not you will receive a grant.


Millions of vulnerable individuals rely on social grants from the South African Social Security Agency to purchase basic goods and services every month. Grant beneficiaries may encounter challenges accessing their money if their gold card has expired.


South Africa's ongoing living crisis, extreme levels of poverty and unemployment show no signs of slowing down even with the help of social grants. But, one expert says that the guaranteed distribution of the R350 grant can actually serve as a starting point for people to get out of the vicious poverty cycle. 


Members of the public have been invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the 2022 Regulations, relating to the Covid-19 SRD grant. Civil society groups believe this provides an opportunity to ensure the grant is extended, increased and assists more people.


As we are now nearing the end of yet another month, it's important for Sassa grant beneficiaries to know when they can collect their Sassa grant payments. Here are the Sassa grant payment dates for April 2023.


The SRD grant was introduced by the South African government during the Covid-19 pandemic, to provide basic financial relief to South African Citizens, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Special Permit Holders who have insufficient means to support themselves. 


The R350 grant is a necessity for millions of South Africans, especially after the pandemic. It has been discovered that while many are dependent on the grant, it has also led to stable employment. 


Sassa, along with the Post Bank, has issued new Gold Cards to enable grant beneficiaries to conveniently collect their social grants from ATMs and retail outlets. The card comes with important perks such as no bank charges for the first few transactions.
 


If you have a Sassa gold card and wish to change it to receive your social grant payments directly into your bank account, there are a few steps you need to take. Fortunately, the process is straightforward, and with the right documentation, you can make the switch with ease.

 


In February earlier this year Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana delivered his annual budget speech in which he announced increments that would be introduced to all permanent social grants. Some of these grant increases will take effect at the beginning of the financial year on 1 April 2023.
 


Around seven million and counting people living in South Africa receive the R350 SRD grant each month. People who receive this grant use it to support and provide the most basic needs to their families.


Millions of social grant recipients will need to collect a new gold card to ensure they can access their monthly grant payments. The agency responsible for grant payments has revealed when grant should collect their cards.

 

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