The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has said that social grant payments will from January take place from the first of every month as per normal, this after an early payrun in December.
In a statement, Sassa said social grants are usually paid from the first of every month except in December.
“As from January 2018, Sassa will pay beneficiaries who use banks, ATMs and merchant outlets from the 01 January despite the day falling on a public holiday. As usual, this applies to any other public holiday falling on the first day of the month.
“Payment at Sassa paypoints will start on the 04 January all over the country except the Western Cape which will open its paypoints from the 03 January 2018. Specific and individualised payment dates are printed on payment slips for beneficiaries using Sassa paypoints to ensure that Sassa pays the right grant to the right person at the right time and place.”
Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said the early December payment which started on 28 November was welcomed by Sassa beneficiaries with both hands.
“The rationale behind was to protect beneficiaries from the December shopping traffic and its attendant risks especially for the elderly,” Letsatsi said. “The move, however, is misinterpreted as a December double payment by a few and others think another early payment for January is on the cards- which is not true.”
Letsatsi added that social grant beneficiaries are also reminded that upon approval of their grants they have the right to choose a payment method. They can either choose a direct payment into a bank account of their choice or a manual cash payment at a paypoint for instance.
“A beneficiary choosing a direct payment into their bank account makes it easy and convenient because they can receive their money anywhere in the country. Beneficiaries who wish to switch to banks can arrange that at their nearest Sassa office.”
Sassa, however, does not cover bank charges that may arise in the case of direct payments into private bank accounts of beneficiaries.
– African News Agency (ANA)