What is happening with R350 grant for july 2023?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced the “sassa r350 payment date” for July 2023 to be the 20th of July 2023. This applies to all those beneficiaries who meet the set criteria, irrespective of whether they received the payment in June 2023

The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) manages social grants and allowances for South African citizens needing financial support and assistance.

This includes grants for children, the older persons grants and disability grants. SASSA also manages the R350 grant for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, that was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every month, Sassa grant beneficiaries receive grant payments from Sassa. With increases for Sassa social grants being announced and one increase being made in April, beneficiaries should keep up to date with how much Sassa money they’ll be receiving.

Here’s how much Sassa grants will be for July 2023:

  • Older Persons grant – R2 080
  • Older Persons (75 years and older) – R2 100
  • Disability grant – R2 080
  • War Veterans grant – R2 100
  • Child Support grant – R500
  • Child Support grant (Top-up) – R500 + R250
  • Care Dependency grant – R2 080
  • Foster Care grant – R1 120
  • Grant-In-Aid – R500

In October, Sassa grants will increase once again. Read our article on Sassa grant increases for 2023/24 to find out more.

Sassa has made it clear that beneficiaries should not rush to withdraw their Sassa payment on the first day it becomes available and to remember that once the money has been sent to their accounts, it will remain there until they need it.

What About R350 Grants?

Government has unfortunately not increased the R350 grant since it’s inception due to “fiscal constraint”, as explained by the Department of Social Development.

It was revealed that the DSD had submitted a proposal to the National Treasury to increase the value of the SRD grant. However, the proposal was not favourably considered due to fiscal constraints.

What is a SASSA Status Check?

Do you need to do a SASSA status check? When you apply for a SASSA grant you will want to do a status check to check the progress of your application. Your SRD status is an important thing to check. You must make sure that what you check SASSA status to ensure you receive your payment on the correct date. You can also do a general Sassa status check.

SASSA status check allows R350 grant applicants to check the status of their applications, as well as appeal any rejected applications. There are some dangers when you are doing a Sassa status check so please beware of fake websites.

How to check your Sassa status online 

Checking your Sassa status online is a convenient and efficient way to stay updated on your benefits.

Follow these simple steps to check your SASSA status online:

  1. Start by visiting the official Sassa website
  2. Look for the ‘Application Status’ prompt
  3. Click on the link and provide the necessary information, such as your ID number.
  4. Once you have entered the required details, click on the “Check Status” button.
  5. Wait for the system to process your request and display your Sassa status.

Checking your Sassa status online is a quick and convenient method that allows you to access your information at any time, from anywhere. It eliminates the need for lengthy phone calls or in-person visits, saving you time and effort.

How to check your Sassa status via WhatsApp

If you prefer to check your Sassa status using your mobile phone, you can do so with a simple WhatsApp message.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to check your Sassa status via WhatsApp:

  1. Add the Sassa WhatsApp number to your contacts: 082 046 8553.
  2. Open WhatsApp and send a message to the Sassa number that says “Status” followed by your ID number.
  3. Double-check the accuracy of your ID number to avoid any errors.
  4. Sassa will then provide the necessary information regarding your application status.

After sending the SMS, you will receive a response with your SASSA status. The message should include information about your application, payment dates, and eligibility. Make sure to save the message for future reference or take a screenshot for easy access.

Checking your Sassa status via WhatsApp is a convenient option, especially for those who prefer using their mobile phones.

What To Do If Your SASSA Status Check Is Successful 

If you check your SRD Grant status and it indicates that your application for the distress grant has been approved, you will soon receive your money.

Once you receive confirmation from SASSA that your grant money is available for collection, you have several options to access it. This confirmation will be sent to SRD grant beneficiaries via an SMS to the cell phone number used by the grant beneficiary when they applied for the grant.

Sassa Grant Payment Dates For July

It’s also important for beneficiaries to know when their Sassa grants will be paid for month. Here’s the Sassa grant payment schedule for July:

  • Older Persons Grant – Tuesday, 4 July
  • Disability Grant – Wednesday, 5 July
  • Children’s Grant – Thursday, 6 July

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant has no fixed payment date, with Sassa saying that if you get approved, you will receive your grant.

In the past, SASSA grants would be paid out later in the month. However, after complaints from beneficiaries, the agency decided to commence with payments on the second day of the month or the closest working day.

The pension (older person grant) is paid first, followed by the disability and children’s grants. Thereafter, all other grants should be paid out, including the R350 SRD grant, which no longer has a fixed date.


“Normal grants”, excluding the R350 grant, can still be collected from the post office. However, all grants can also be withdrawn from any ATM or selected retail partners like Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay, Boxer and Shoprite U-Save.

The SASSA gold card can be used to make purchases just like a regular debit card, or beneficiaries may opt to have the money deposited directly into their personal bank accounts. SASSA has maintained that direct bank deposits are the most convenient payment method.

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