EDITOR’S NOTE: UPDATED WITH DATES FOR OCTOBER
The SA Post Office (Sapo) will be paying out the Covid-19 R350 grants this week to all applicants who were approved by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
The social relief of distress (SRD) grant was reintroduced earlier this year to provide assistance to “persons in dire material need that are unable to meet their families’ most basic needs”, including those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and unrest in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Sapo spokesperson Johan Kruger told TimesLIVE that all post office branches will pay out the SRD grants.
He said payout dates are determined by the last three digits of the beneficiary’s ID number. This system was introduced in the first phase of the grants to prevent overcrowding at branches.
Kruger said applicants will be notified when it’s time to collect their grants.
“They will receive an SMS from Sassa to say the grant is ready for collection. We are also working on an SSD code, which the beneficiaries will soon be able to use on their phones to check if there is money waiting for them,” he said.
One week of the month is reserved for old age, disability and child grant payments, with SRD payments made in the other weeks.
Here are the payment dates for October according to the last three digits of beneficiaries’ ID numbers:
080 — Tuesday October 12, 19 and 26
081 — Wednesday October 13, 20 and 27
082 — Thursday October 14, 21 and 28
083 — Friday October 1, 15, 22 and 29
084 — Monday October 11, 18 and 25
085 — Tuesday October 12, 19 and 26
086 — Wednesday October 13, 20 and 27
087 — Thursday October 14, 21 and 28
088 — Friday October 1, 15, 22 and 29
089 — Monday October 11, 18 and 25
These dates are applicable to thepost office payout system. Beneficiaries can receive their grants as soon as they receive confirmation of payment from Sassa.
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