While the South African Social Security Agency has primarily focused its attention on paying out permanent social grants over the past few days. The agency still bears the responsibility of ensuring that recipients of the R350 grant also receive their grant payments.
Especially as today marks the final day for payments of social grants as R350 grants are not made on the same day. As personal bank holders, beneficiaries of the R350 grant can collect their grant payment via ATM at selected stores such as Shoprite Checkers, U-Save, Pick n Pay and Boxer stores.
Sassa also always reminds this group of grant recipients to keep in mind that there are no set payment dates for R350 grant payments. This is because the agency pays out these grant payments upon processing each online application.
So applicants must always await SMS confirmation before attempting to collect their grant payments. As the R350 grant application process is completed, it is always important to ensure that the details you have provided are updated and accurate. Failure to do this often results in delays in the payment of your R350 grant.
This is because the agency uses the details you have provided to verify your eligibility status with third-party entities such as Home Affairs, SARS and the UIF. As pointed out above, providing any inaccurate information can possibly delay your grant payment.
The Sassa R350 grant was first introduced in 2020 as the government’s means of financing individuals who were most vulnerable to the effects brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is currently in its third cycle with its recent extension slated to expire in March 2024.
To date, roughly 8 million people nationwide depend on the R350 grant to afford their much need necessities and there have been calls for it to be kept and possibly increased, with differing views on the matter based on the country’s ability to fund it on a long-term basis.