It may still be December, but social grant recipients are already looking for SASSA payment dates for January 2022, including for old age pension grant.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) fortunately announced the dates in a statement issued on Wednesday (22 December).
SASSA payment dates for January 2022
The SASSA payment dates for January 2022, including for old age pension grant, are as follows:
- 4 January – Older Persons Pension Grant.
- 5 January – Disability Grants.
- 6 January – all other grants.
“Payments for the special COVID-19 grant will not take place during that week, as the first week of every month is solely reserved for the payment of normal grants,” SASSA Acting CEO Dianne Dunkerley said.
“We appeal to all our valued beneficiaries to be alert and vigilant during this festive season. They should not accept assistance from strangers at ATMs and must protect their PINs at all times. We wish them a safe and joyous festive season.”
Although the COVID-19 fourth wave appears to be subsiding, it is still important to observe health protocols, such as hand sanitising and social distancing, when visiting ATMs or retail outlets.
SASSA SRD reconsideration delays
SASSA also informed its R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant clients that there are delays in processing SRD reconsideration applications.
“SASSA is working tirelessly to ensure that this matter is resolved as soon as possible. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and frustration caused by the delay, but assure everyone that every reconsideration request will be attended to,” Dunkerley, said.
Many applicants have been frequently checking the status of their SRD reconsideration requests to no avail and have taken to social media to voice their frustration.
The Agency said to date, it had approved around 10 million SRD grant applications out of 14 million. It has also paid nearly five million approved applicants in December so far.
SASSA said it however declined four million applications “for various reasons.” It reminded applicants that they can lodge an appeal within 30 days of receiving their outcome.
“Appeals can be lodged on https://srd.sassa.gov.za under the tab: ‘application for reconsideration’ and must be lodged for each month that the application is declined,” the Agency said.