SASSA SRD applicants using cash send get SMSs to update banking details

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it has sent SMSs to R350 SRD grant applicants who chose the cash send payment method to update their banking details.

The Agency made the announcement on Tuesday (5 October) via its social media pages.

Update bank details for SRD SASSA cash send

“Please note that clients who have chosen cash send as a payment method have been sent SMSs to update bank details. Update your details on https://srd.sassa.gov.za,” SASSA said.

You can read a detailed guide on how to provide your bank details for the R350 SRD grant in this article. Applicants can change their details on any day of the month.

Meanwhile, SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says about 1.5 million applicants who chose the cash send payment method have not yet been paid.

Speaking in an interview with TimesLIVE on Wednesday, Letsatsi said this was because SASSA has not yet concluded a procurement process involving the banks which the National Treasury has to approve.

“As soon as Treasury approves our request, we will pay every cent owed to this category of beneficiaries without wasted time. We empathise with them, but we also have a responsibility to follow the law,” he explained.

SA Post Office option

Letsatsi urged applicants who selected the cash send payment option to update their banking details as soon as they receive the SMS from SASSA.

“If they do not provide banking details by Thursday, SASSA will arrange to pay them through the SA Post Office (SAPO) for August, September and October 2021,” he added.

The Agency has previously said bank accounts are the easiest way to receive the SRD grant. For instance, SAPO does not pay SRD grants during the first week of the month because this period is reserved for normal grants.

It urged beneficiaries to make sure their bank details are correct and the account is active and registered in their names as they appear in their ID documents.

If you chose to receive the grant via the Post Office, you can find the October payment dates here.

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