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R350 SRD New Update: Payment Method Change and September Payments (ATM withdrawals now available)

SASSA has recently made an announcement that those who haven’t changed their preferred method of payment will be able to do so from Monday 31 August 2020 to Sunday 06 September 2020, 24 hours around the clock.

‘During this period, beneficiaries can change from receiving their grants at the post office to receiving them through their personal bank accounts. They may also change from one bank to another if they prefer to. Approved beneficiaries of the grant can change their payment method by visiting https://srd.sassa.gov.za during this period.’ SASSA writes in a statement.

A whole lot of beneficiaries who have successfully applied for the R350 grant relief have been faced with a lot of challenges retrieving the grant from the post office; hence SASSA came with a way to tackle the issue. If you are faced with the same challenge, you are advised to change your method of payment to receive the funds to your bank. However, if you have been receiving the funds to your bank and would like to switch to the Post Office, you may do so during the agreed period.

‘This development is an effort to address challenges some beneficiaries have experienced in trying to access their special relief grant from the Post Offices. It is important for beneficiaries to understand that they should not go to the Post Office before they have received the SMS notification that says funds are available. The SMS notification is used to limit the numbers of people reporting to a Post Office on a particular day and also to ensure that sufficient cash is available.’ SASSA writes in a statement.

The CEO of the South African Social Security Agency, Tsotsie Memela said “When choosing a bank account, ensure that the account is in your name (SASSA cannot pay money for one person into the account held by another) and that the bank account is not closed. The payment process is delayed if money is sent to a closed account, as SASSA has to wait for the funds to be returned before sending it to the Post Office for collection”

SASSA also indicated that payments made through the bank are quicker. It is imperative that you ensure the cellphone number provided to SASSA to receive payments is registered on your name as per RICA requirements.

Memela continued to say “We are a caring government who values and listens to its people. Our intention is to ensure that our clients receive their deserved grants seamlessly and without unnecessary delays”,

“We urge clients to ensure that the cellphone number provided is correct and is registered in their name, as this will prevent delays in payment” as she concluded.

SASSA ATM Withdrawals (Cardless Services)

Despite the fact that SASSA had cardless services available on the website; beneficiaries could only receive payments from the bank or the post office. It is only now that you can receive cash from the ATM of your choice using the cardless services.

However, you can only receive this kind of payment when your cellphone number is registered on your name, it has to correspond. Do not use a number that’s registered with your mother’s name, father’s name, or an unregistered number, ensure you RICA your SIM CARD with your names and ID as they appear in your ID book or SMART CARD.

SASSA September Payments

  • As we are towards the end of August, SASSA has announced September Payments. Older Person’s Grants will be paid from the 3rd of September.
  • Disability Grants will be paid from 04 September 2020; this also includes any linked to accounts
  • All other grand will be paid from 07 September 2020.
  • See: (SASSA PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR THE REST OF 2020/21)

Author’s Notes

Welcome to iBusiness, please comment below for any kind of assistance regarding the R350 grant relief. Please note that all comments through this article will be answered. As a reminder, from 31 August to 06 September 2020, the COVID-19 grand beneficiaries will be able to change from receiving their grants at the Post Office to receiving them through their bank accounts or cellphones.


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