THE SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has announced that a further staggering of payment dates will be introduced from August.
Sassa spokesperson in the Northern Cape, Inno Khunou, said that the agency had separated the payment dates for older person’s grants from that of disability grants, starting from August 2020 onwards.
“Disability grants will no longer be paid on the same day as the older person’s grants (ie the third day of the month),” Khonou said.
“From August 2020, older person’s grants will be paid from the third of the month, while disability grants will be paid from the 4th, and all other grants will be paid from the 5th.
“Any grants linked to those accounts will be available on the same dates.”
The new payment dates will come into effect in August, which means that older person’s grants will be paid from August 3, 2020 while disability grants will be paid from August 4, 2020 and all other grants will be paid from August 5, 2020.
Earlier this year Sassa announced the staggering of social grant payments.
“This is being continued in August to further enforce social distancing and reduce the number of people going to the various payment sites. The various payment sites like post offices and merchants attract a high number of beneficiaries on the same day, which is a risk to especially the aged and those with disabilities,” Khonou said.
Sassa further appealed to its beneficiaries to work with the government to help flatten the Covid-19 curve by complying with the staggered payment dates.
“The staggering of grant payments started after the lockdown and we should see it as an extension of this process to further limit the number of beneficiaries at payment facilities. The process will be monitored closely and further staggering is not ruled out in the near future, should the need arise, because we need to comply with government protocols of social distancing and washing of hands particularly,” Sassa CEO Totsie Memela said.
“Beneficiaries should remember that they do not have to withdraw their money on the first payment date. They can withdraw it on any day, as they need it, after the payment date as it will remain in their accounts till they withdraw it,” she concluded.