SASSA payment dates for October 2021 for normal social grants are now available, including for disability, older persons and all other grants.
As has been the practice, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has reserved the first week of October for payments of ordinary grants to avoid congestion.
The Agency also allocates separate payment dates for the different grant categories to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. This helps to prevent overcrowding at ATMs, banks, Post Office branches or SASSA offices.
SASSA payment dates for October 2021
According to the official schedule, SASSA payment dates for October 2021 for normal social grants are as follows:
- Older persons’ grants will be paid from 5 October 2021. This includes any grants linked to these accounts.
- Disability grants will be paid from 6 October 2021. This includes any grants linked to these accounts.
- All other grants will be paid from 7 October 2021. These include children’s grants, foster care grants and care dependency grants.
Consistently, SASSA has advised beneficiaries rushing to withdraw their funds on the first day the grants become available. This is because the funds will remain in the account until they are eventually withdrawn.
Although the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, the virus is still around. Therefore, it is worthwhile to minimise risk of infection by waiting a day or two after the payment date to avoid crowded collection points.
R350 SRD grant for unemployed caregivers without ID
Earlier this month, SASSA announced that unemployed caregivers, who do not have the 13-digit South African ID documents but receive child grants, can now apply for the special COVID-19 R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant.
“It would not have made sense to exclude them when there is every indication that they are unemployed and have no alternative source of income,” SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela Khambula said.
Those without South African IDs may include permanent residents, asylum seekers and refugees, among others. Some of them receive child grants such as Child Support, Care Dependency and Foster Child grants without necessarily receiving social grants for themselves.
“To enable them to apply for social grants, SASSA has allocated persons without the 13-digit barcoded ID numbers a system-generated 7777 number to assist them to access social assistance,” the Agency said.
When applying for the SRD grant, these applicants should therefore use the number starting with 7777 that they were allocated when they were first approved for social grants. Applications are done via SASSA’s SRD website.
Caregivers who do not have this number should call the SASSA toll-free number on 0800 60 10 11 and request for it. Approved SRD grants will be paid along with the child grant on the gold SASSA payment card.