The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) distributes more than 18 million permanent grants to people who need financial assistance every month. These grants allow beneficiaries to purchase basic goods and access basic services needed to survive.
Sassa distributes several permanent grants. The grants distributed by Sassa are based on the beneficiary's circumstances or based on their age.
Permanent Grants Distributed By Sassa
Permanent grants include the Older Persons grant, Disability grant, War Veterans grant, Care Dependency grant, Foster Child grant, Child Support grant, Child Support grant Top-Up and Grant-in-aid.
Here’s How Much Will Sassa Grants In September
The value of Sassa's permanent grants increased in April 2023. They will increase again later this year.
Here are the values of September Sassa grant payments:
- Old Age Grant (Below 75 years old) - R,2080
- Old Age Grant (Above 75 years old) - R2,100
- War Veterans Grant - R2,100
- Disability Grant - R2,080
- Foster Child Grant - R1,120
- Care Dependency Grant - R2,080
- Child Support Grant - R500
- Child Support Grant Top-Up - R250 (plus the value of child support grant)
- Grant In Aid - R480
The Child Support Grant Top-Up is not a new grant but builds upon an existing grant. The relief measure was introduced to improve the lives of orphaned children living in South Africa.
SRD Grant Value
It's important to note that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is not a permanent grant. It has not been increased and its monetary value will remain at R350 in September 2023.
Where To Collect Your Sassa Grants In August
In September, beneficiaries of Sassa grants have multiple options to collect their grant money. They can do so at various participating retail outlets, the post office, and mobile cash pay points.
Retail outlets that pay Sassa grants include Checkers, Shoprite, Pick N Pay, and Boxer Stores. Beneficiaries can visit these stores during their operating hours to collect the grant after it has been paid by Sassa.
Alternatively, beneficiaries have the choice to receive their grant directly into their bank account. Many beneficiaries prefer this option because it eliminates the need to travel to a physical location to collect the grant money, saving them time and expenses.
It also spares them from waiting in long queues, making the process more convenient.
When Grants Will Be Paid In September 2023
Sassa distributes grants to beneficiaries during the first week of every month. September grant distribution will commence from Tuesday, 5 September 2023 with the older persons grants. All permanent grants are set to be paid in the first week of September 2023.
- Older Persons Grant - Tuesday, 5 September
- Disability Grant - Wednesday, 6 September
- Children's Grant - Thursday, 7 September
Read our article on Sassa Grant payment dates for the rest of 2023 to find out more about payment schedules.
Applying For Sassa Grants
Individuals who require financial support from the government can apply for a Sassa grant. Grant applications for Sassa permanent grants must be submitted at your nearest Sassa office.
Applications for the Child Support Grant, Older Persons Grant and Disability Grant can also be submitted online via the Sassa online services portal.
People who are unable to visit a Sassa office to apply for a Sassa grant may designate a family member or a friend to apply for the grant on their behalf. The person must write a letter, which authorises the grant application.
Grant applicants must prove they meet the eligibility criteria specific to the grant they are applying for by providing relevant documents to support their Sassa grant application.
Once they have completed their Sassa grant application they will receive a reference number/receipt. Grant applicants must keep this reference number/receipt safe, as it is the only proof they applied.
If you are hoping to receive a Sassa social grant you should be running a Sassa status check on the official Sassa website. When you perform the Sassa status check you will receive information on which months you will be paid and which months you won't.
When will Sassa payments be made after applying?
If the grant application is approved, the beneficiary will receive payment starting from the date when the completed grant application was submitted. Grant applications are only considered complete once all the required documents have been submitted to Sassa.
This rule does however not apply to the Foster Child Grant, as it is paid from the date of the court order.
In the event of an unsuccessful grant application, Sassa will provide written notification to the applicant, explaining the reasons for the rejection. Individuals who have questions regarding the process of applying for grants are encouraged to contact Sassa.