Sassa Grant Payments Now Being Made For December

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December, how did we get to you so fast? It's officially the first week of the new month which means that Sassa is now making grant payments.


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Sassa grant payments for December commence today, 1 December. Millions of vulnerable people receive grants from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

Sassa will start with paying Older Persons Grant on 1 December, the Disability Grant on 4 December and the Children's Grants on 5 December 2023.

We are heading towards the end of the year and many have been wondering whether Sassa will make payments during the festive season so we thought we should provide some insight.

Will Sassa Grants Be Paid Before Christmas And During The Festive Season?

Sassa has made it clear that grant payments are not made on weekends and Public Holidays. To clarify this further, we would need to look at the Sassa grant payment dates.

Sassa grant payments are usually done in the first and second week of the month. Here's the grant payment dates for December:

  • Older Persons Grant - 1 December 2023 
  • Disability Grant - 4 December 2023
  • Children's Grants -  5 December 2023 

Here are also the Sassa grant payment dates for January:

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

Sassa grant payments for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant are now made at the end of the month. However, with Christmas at the end of the month, grants will be paid earlier. 

SRD grant payments for December will therefore be made from 18 December until 22 December.

From this, you can see that Sassa payments for December and January are before and after the official festive season, ie. Christmas and New Years.

Sassa distributes grants in terms of the Social Assistance Act. Under the framework of the act, Sassa oversees the implementation of various social assistance programs. This includes the distribution of social grants to vulnerable people living in South Africa. 

Where To Collect Your Sassa Grant 

Grant beneficiaries can collect their social grants at various retail outlets such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Usave, and Checkers, using your Sassa card.

SASSA beneficiaries can receive their SASSA payments from selected supermarkets, such as Pick n Pay, Boxer, USave merchants, Checkers and Shoprite, and obtain this through their SASSA card or by getting the amount directly transferred into their bank account

Alternatively, beneficiaries can choose to have their grant paid directly into their bank account. This grant payment method allows beneficiaries access to their funds at any time after Sassa completes the payment.

It is very efficient and easy for you if your Sassa grant can be paid into your bank account. Remember that the bank account must be in your name as Sassa cannot pay the grant into a bank account that is in someone else's name.

It doesn't affect the payment dates of the Sassa grants if they are paid into your bank account instead of you physically collecting them.

There is no need to rush to withdraw cash on the first day. Once the money is in the account, it will remain there until it is needed

Mobile cash pay points provide another avenue for grant beneficiaries, though with limited flexibility. However, grants can only be collected during specific hours in the grant payment cycle.

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