As the end of the year approaches, many companies, businesses and government officers are closing for the festive holiday season. Thousands of individuals are concerned about whether they will receive their grant payments this month.
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) distributes millions of social grants every month. These grants ensure that millions of vulnerable people receive some financial support and can purchase basic goods and services.
As 2022 approaches its conclusion, several companies and government entities are shutting down for the holiday season. While Sassa will continue with grant payments, there are days during which grants will not be available for collection.
Sassa distributes permanent grants during the first week of every new month. December 2022 was no different and the agency began distributing Older person’s grants on Thursday 1 December 2022.
It’s important to note that Sassa will continue distributing grants throughout the duration of December.
However, Sassa does NOT distribute grants on weekends and public holidays. This means that grant beneficiaries will not be able to access their money at Sassa offices on weekends and public holidays.
Sassa grant beneficiaries will also not be able to collect their grants on Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022. This is because both days are public holidays that will be observed in the country.
Grant beneficiaries must also note that 1 January 2023 is also a public holiday. However, due to the first day of the new year falling on a Sunday, the public holiday will be observed on Monday 2 January 2023. This means that grant Sassa will begin with grant payments on Tuesday 3 January 2023.
Earlier this month, the PostBank requested grant beneficiaries to draw their grant payments at retail outlets. This comes after they suspended ATM grant payments.
Grant beneficiaries can instead collect their grants at retail outlets including Checkers, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Usave and Boxer stores.