Sassa Grant Payment Dates For January 2023

We understand the frustrations of beneficiaries who have been experiencing a slow payout in the distribution of Sassa grants. After worries that there will be no payment for December, an alternative method has had to be implemented in order for you to get your money as quickly as possible.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is responsible for paying social grants to the poorest of the poor. The organisation has hit a few bumps in the road when it comes to distributing grant monies for the month of December.

Sassa beneficiaries were left to make alternative arrangements at bank branches, following the announcement made earlier this month that grant beneficiaries using Sassa Gold Cards will not be able to collect their December 2022 grant payments at ATMs as usual.

The Agency also stated that grant beneficiaries can still collect their monies at retail outlets including Boxer, Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay and Usave stores around the country.

“Sassa grant beneficiaries using the Postbank Issued Gold Cards are requested to withdraw their benefits from retail merchants,” explained the Agency.

Postbank warns that they may not be able to process grant payments this month, but there is a specific reason behind this delay. The increase in card fraud has affected Postbank’s ability to make the January 2023 grant payments, and many South Africans are concerned about whether their payments will be delayed or suspended. Many people wonder if there will be an extension until 2023 so that they can receive their grants on time.

Payments for Social Assistance, Child Support and Disability Care will continue as planned on 1 January, 2022. Beneficiaries should however note that the New Year’s Day falls on 2 January this year. In view of this, payments will be carried over from 1 January to 3 January, 2023.

Sassa has confirmed that the grant payment dates for January 2023 are as follows:

  1. Older Person’s Grants: 03 January 2023
  2. Disability Grants: 04 January 2023
  3. All Other Grants: 05 January 2023

The implementation of digitalisation makes it possible for beneficiaries to collect their grants using three different methods. The CashSend option allows beneficiaries to receive their grant directly into their bank account, while retailers will issue Sassa cards and deliver them to respective bank branches. This is a step towards making grants more accessible to those in need.

Sassa distributes millions of social grants every month and according to the Department of Social Development, approximately 31% of the South African population relies on these grants. It’s a massive undertaking that requires financial and logistical discipline, as well as thousands of dedicated employees working across our country’s provinces.


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