YEI contacted a SASSA Executive
regarding the current SASSA payment dates which are
a source of struggle and hardship for many pensioners
who have to meet debit orders and payments.
We received the following response…
“Unfortunately, it is not possible to revert the payment dates for grants for older persons to the 1st of every month. The payment dates are set after consultation with National Treasury and have to take into account the cash flow for the country. In addition the dates take into account the fact that we prefer that our older persons are not at merchants or banks at the end of or on the first of the month, as this increases the numbers of people, as the salaried people are then doing shopping, The need to stagger the numbers, and try to reduce queues everywhere is really important – for the protection of our older persons, especially now in the time of COVID.
The payment dates are therefore scheduled so that grants for older persons are paid on the 3rd of each month, or the first working day after the 3rd, where the 3rd falls on a weekend, public holiday or Monday. The only exception to this is in December, when we do start paying on 1 December. This earlier payment is done, to ensure that all payments, even those done at our cash pay points, are completed by 16 December, so that we do not have staff in the field in the week before Christmas. This is a particularly high risk period and we do not want our beneficiaries still waiting for funds at this time.