The new year is here and if you get your R350 SRD grant via the SA Post Office (SAPO), you need to find out what the SASSA SRD payment dates for January 2022 are.
As is usually the case, the first week of the month is reserved for payment of normal SASSA grants, such as old age pension, child and disability grants.
SAPO published a payment schedule last year which outlines SRD pay days. The schedule is arranged according to the last three digits of recipients’ ID numbers.
Post Office SASSA SRD payment dates for January 2022
R350 grant beneficiaries who receive the grant via the Post Office can find their SASSA SRD payment dates for January 2022 in the table below:
|Payment date||Last 3 digits of ID number|
|3 January||No payment|
|4 January||No payment|
|5 January||No payment|
|6 January||No payment|
|7 January||No payment|
|10 January||080 and 085|
|11 January||081 and 086|
|12 January||082 and 087|
|13 January||083 and 088|
|14 January||084 and 089|
|17 January||080 and 085|
|18 January||081 and 086|
|19 January||082 and 087|
|20 January||083 and 088|
|21 January||084 and 089|
|24 January||080 and 085|
|25 January||081 and 086|
|26 January||082 and 087|
|27 January||083 and 088|
|28 January||084 and 089|
|31 January||080 and 085|
To view or download the full schedule, visit the Post Office’s website here.
SRD grant as basis for Basic Income Grant
Meanwhile, an expert panel appointed by the government recommended in December last year that the R350 SRD grant should be used as a basis for a Basic Income Grant in South Africa.
According to the panel, the gradual implementation of a Basic Income Grant (BIG) should start with institutionalising the SRD grant, which is set to lapse in March.
The panel also said the government could use several options to finance the BIG, including limited debt financing, tax revenue improvements and “carefully calibrated” tax increases
There are discussions in government aimed at extending the R350 grant beyond March in some form, but nothing concrete has been confirmed so far.
At a media briefing in November last year, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana said National Treasury would have to reallocate funds from other government programmes to fund an extension.
He further confirmed that an announcement in this regard will be made when he presents the budget in February.
More than 9.5 million South Africans have benefitted from the SRD grant so far. Overall, 27.8 million South Africans are on social grants, representing 46 percent of the population.