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SASSA Begins Payment for December SRD Grant Today

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has commenced the distribution of Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant payments for December 2023. This comes as welcome news for millions of financially vulnerable adults who rely on the grant to meet their basic needs. In this article, we will delve into the details of the SRD grant payments, including the payment dates, collection methods, eligibility criteria, and the extension of the grant until March 2025.

Payment Dates and Process

The SRD grant payments for December 2023 are scheduled to take place between 18 December and 22 December. It is important to note that the funds may reflect in the beneficiary’s account a few days later due to the processing time. Sassa has stated that it takes about 2-3 working days for the funds to appear in the client’s account after the payment has been processed.

Collection Methods

As a beneficiary of the SRD grant, you have two options for receiving your payment. The first option is to have the grant paid directly into your bank account. This allows you to access the money as soon as it becomes available. If you do not have a personal bank account, you can opt for the Cashsend payment option. With Cashsend, you can collect your SRD grant payment at select retail stores across the country. Stores such as Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite, and Boxer participate in the payment scheme.

To collect your grant payment using Cashsend, you will need your ID number and phone number. Ensure that you have a registered cellphone number and proof of identification to use this collection method. It provides a convenient solution for individuals who do not have bank accounts.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the SRD grant, applicants must meet certain criteria. They must be citizens, residents, or special permit holders of South Africa. Additionally, they should not be receiving other forms of government support such as UIF benefits or NSFAS bursaries. Another requirement is that the applicant’s bank account should have a balance of less than R624 to be eligible for the R350 grant.

Sassa conducts verification checks in collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs for identity and citizenship verification. They also share bank details with the Department of Treasury for income verification. Once the eligibility is confirmed, Sassa proceeds with the payment process.

SRD Grant Extension

Originally introduced as a short-term grant to assist the unemployed during lockdowns, the SRD grant has been extended until March 2025. This extension provides essential support to individuals who are currently without income. Despite the modest amount of the grant, President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledges that it has played a crucial role in keeping many people out of poverty.

Checking the Status of Your SRD Grant Application

If you have applied for the SRD grant, it is important to check the status of your application to determine when you can expect your payment. Sassa encourages grant beneficiaries to complete a Sassa status check to see when their SRD grant will be paid. In the event that your application is rejected, you have the option to submit a grant appeal to the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals (ITSAA). It is crucial to follow the necessary steps to ensure that your appeal is considered.


The payment of SRD grants for December 2023 brings much-needed relief to financially vulnerable individuals in South Africa. Sassa’s commitment to timely and efficient distribution of grants is essential for those who rely on this support. By providing direct bank payments and Cashsend options, Sassa ensures that beneficiaries can access their funds conveniently. The extension of the SRD grant until March 2025 recognizes the ongoing need for assistance during these challenging times. It is imperative for applicants to stay updated on the status of their applications and follow the necessary procedures if their application is rejected. The SRD grant serves as a lifeline for many people, and its continuation is a testament to the government’s commitment to alleviating poverty in South Africa.

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