As part of protecting beneficiaries from the festive season rush, the South African Social Security (SASSA) will start its December payment cycle earlier than other months.
The December payment of social grants will start from November 28 and this applies to beneficiaries who collect their money from ATMs and stores.
Beneficiaries who receive their payments in cash at SASSA pay points will receive their December grants from December 2 on their specific days communicated during their last payment.
January social grants will be available from the December 31, 2019 due to the fact that January 1, 2020 is a public holiday.
The early December payment should not be seen as a bonus or double payment as it is mainly intended for the convenience of beneficiaries. SASSA does not pay a bonus at all and beneficiaries are paid for twelve months only per year.
Beneficiaries are urged to protect their PINS and avoid giving strangers their ID numbers even if they claim to be coming from SASSA because the PIN is a beneficiary’s secret. They should not fall prey to scams distributed through WhatsApp, SMS and/or social media.
Beneficiaries are advised to call SASSA toll free on 0800 60 10 11 if they doubt something or want to report any suspicious activity.