SA Post Office Stops Paying SASSA R350 SRD Grant

The South African Post Office (SAPO) released a statement stating that the R350 SRD grant will no longer be paid out from their branches. This is an unforeseen setback for SASSA as the reapplication process opened late last month and payments for May are already delayed.

Regardless, SAPO’s spokesperson Johan Kruger mentioned that the move for SA Post Office to stop paying the R350 grant will alleviate the long queues at their branches.

Where to get the SASSA R350 SRD grant then?

The new round application process has different payment methods that include an option to collect the grant from any Pick n Pay, Boxer, Shoprite, Checkers, or USave merchant.

New applicants are advised to add this as a payment option to their application and for those that have already applied, they can still go back and select the option to collect their R350 from the above-mentioned supermarkets.

All you have to do is visit the site and respond to the security SMS you will receive on your phone and then update your application with the merchants.

Make sure that as a beneficiary you are using your own cell phone number for this as it will be required when you want to withdraw your grant from the supermarkets.

If you were using someone else’s number, you will have to get your own sim card and use that number to apply, you may also update your number on the website.

What is needed for the R350 collection at the supermarket?

When reporting to an of the approved supermarket to access your funds, you must have your Identity Document, Cellphone used when applying an OTP number will be sent to the registered number.

All applicants for the R350 SRD grant are encouraged to update their details on the system, to have the grant paid into their own personal bank account, as this is the safest way in which one can receive the funds.

SASSA will continue to engage with communities and local leadership – traditional leaders and/or councillors – to inform clients of the options they have to access their funds.

Any queries should be directed to the SASSA call centre on 0800 60 10 11.

On a brighter note, this shift does not affect other SASSA beneficiaries who receive old age, disability, or child grants as they can still collect their payments at any Post Office branch.