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By Cornelia Le Roux

Digital Deputy News Editor

Sassa update: Here’s when to collect your grant in May

Sassa beneficiaries should take note of the following major changes which will apply to the payment schedule for the month of May.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) have confirmed the dates on which beneficiaries will receive their grants in May. These changes in the payment schedule will only apply to the month of May.

According to the agency, all grants besides the R350 SRD payment can still be collected from post office branches.  

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Sassa payment dates for May

Payments will be made on the following dates:

  • Thursday 4 May: Old age grants; 
  • Friday 5 May: Disability grants; and
  • Monday 8 May: All other grants, including the children’s grant, will be paid from this date.
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Sassa beneficiaries can still collect their grants from post office branches. Photo: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius

SRD grant notice

Sassa said beneficiaries of the R350 SRD grant do not need to reapply as the grant has been extended to March 2024.

“The grant will continue as normal, those who previously applied for the grant do not need to reapply,” Sassa said in a statement.  

North West Office relocation

The agency’s North West office has relocated to the corner of Sekame and Dr James Moroka streets, Mega City, Mmabatho.

“Business operations will be disrupted and are expected to start from May 2. Telephone lines and emails of some of the officials will be affected. Cellphone numbers should be used as alternative for contact during this relocation period. We apologise for the inconvenience this might have caused.”

All your Sassa gold card questions answered

When can I collect my new gold card?

Mondays and Tuesdays: Old age grant recipients and people who receive disability grants. 

Wednesdays to Saturdays: Recipients of child support grants and all other grants.

Can I get a new gold card if I lost or misplaced my old one? 

Grant recipients who lost or misplaced their cards can collect a new one at any post office. 

“Post office branch personnel will use fingerprint verification to issue the beneficiary with a new gold card,” the agency said.

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Skip the queues: Shoprite/ Checkers Money Market option

Last week, Shoprite announced that Sassa beneficiaries now have the option to switch their gold cards to a Shoprite Money Market account.

“Sassa grant beneficiaries with gold cards expiring in the next few months can avoid long queues and payment mishaps by switching their payments, free of charge, to a Shoprite money market account,” the retailer said in a statement

Step-by-step guide on how to open Shoprite Money Market account for Sassa payments: 

  • Register by dialling *120*3534# or WhatsApp 087-240-5709, or visit the in-store money market counter, or download the Shoprite app. 
  • Sign in and download your bank confirmation letter. 
  • Download the Sassa form here or collect one at the money market counter in any Shoprite or Checkers supermarket. 
  • Take your printed bank confirmation letter, completed Sassa switch form and original ID to your nearest Sassa office. 

The deadline for beneficiaries to apply for the switch application is 30 June 2023.