Maximizing Your SASSA Benefits: Status Check and Payment Dates for October 2023

Millions of South Africans depend on essential SASSA grants to afford basic necessities and make ends meet. The South African Social Security Agency provides a vital safety net through critical programs like the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant paid out monthly.

This comprehensive guide will help you access and maximize the SASSA benefits you may qualify for through step-by-step instructions on checking your status online, key payment dates to watch for, and how to update your details. With billions of Rand disbursed in aid every month, it is crucial that South African citizens and residents receive all of the financial support available through SASSA during these challenging economic times. Follow this guide to ensure you are getting every possible grant you are entitled to.

Overview of SASSA Grants and Benefits

SASSA is mandated to distribute social assistance for vulnerable groups including the elderly, disabled, children, unemployed, and non-citizens. Major SASSA grant programs include:

Unemployment and Welfare Grants

  • Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant – R350 monthly income support for unemployed persons with no other financial aid
  • Child Support Grant – R480 monthly support for eligible children
  • Foster Child Grant – R1,070 monthly support for foster parents
  • Care Dependency Grant – R2,110 monthly for children with severe disabilities

Elderly and Disability Grants

  • Old Age Pension – Up to R2,110 monthly for seniors 60+ years
  • War Veterans Grant – R2,110 monthly for veterans with disability
  • Disability Grant – R2,110 monthly for eligible adults with disability
  • Grant-in-Aid – R500 monthly supplement for grant recipients who require full-time care

Immigration Grants

  • Refugee Grants – Certain refugees and asylum seekers can qualify for SASSA grants

The R350 SRD unemployment grant is a vital lifeline for over 7 million South Africans without other income. Recipients rely on the monthly payments to afford basic necessities.

Strict eligibility criteria apply, specifically:

  • South African citizen, permanent resident or refugee
  • Ages 18 to 59 years old
  • Unemployed
  • Not receiving any other social grant
  • Monthly income below R624 per month

Qualifying children, elderly, disabled citizens and eligible refugees can also access essential aid through SASSA’s programs.

Check Your SASSA Status for October 2023

You can check your SASSA grant status for October 2023 payments through:


  • Visit
  • Enter your ID and phone number
  • Input the OTP sent to your phone


  • SMS your ID to 082 046 8553


  • Dial 1347737# on your phone
  • Enter your ID when prompted

Mobile App

  • Download the SASSA SRD App
  • Log in with your credentials
  • Access your status

Your status will show whether your grant is approved, pending or declined.

  • Approved – Payment will be made into your bank account
  • Pending – Your application is still being processed
  • Declined – Your application was unsuccessful

Be sure to check regularly leading up to the payment date so any issues can be swiftly resolved.

SASSA Payment Dates October 2023

SASSA has announced the payment dates for grants in October 2023:

  • Old Age Pension – 3 October 2023
  • Disability Grant – 4 October 2023
  • Child Support Grant – 5 October 2023

Several grants will also increase in value from 1 October 2023:

  • Old Age Pension (under 75) – R2,090 per month
  • Old Age Pension (over 75) – R2,110 per month
  • Disability Grant – R2,110 per month
  • War Veteran’s Grant – R2,110 per month
  • Care Dependency Grant – R2,110 per month

Ensure you receive the updated increased amount for your grants. Follow up immediately with SASSA if the higher value is not reflected in your payment.

R350 SRD Payment Dates and Procedure

The R350 SRD unemployment grant is paid in monthly cycles. The next payments are in October 2023.

Important steps:

  • Check your status frequently from the 1st of the month
  • Ensure your application is approved
  • Approved applicants receive funds by the 7th of October 2023
  • SASSA deposits into your registered bank account
  • Follow up quickly with SASSA if payment is delayed

You must reapply each month if your financial situation remains unchanged. This maintains continuity of the SRD grant payments.

Update Your SASSA Banking Details

Valid banking details are necessary for SASSA to pay your grant funds.

Double-check your details are current:

  • Login to the SASSA online portal
  • Navigate to ‘Grant Payment Details’
  • Verify your bank name, branch code, and account number, and type
  • Update your information if required
  • Banking changes can take 2 months to fully process

Incorrect account information is a common cause of payment issues.

Get Help from SASSA

If you have any questions or challenges related to:

  • Checking your status
  • Payment dates
  • Updated grant amounts
  • Bank account details
  • Payment delays or non-receipt of funds

You can get help directly from SASSA:

  • Call the SASSA helpline at 0800 601 011
  • Visit your nearest SASSA office
  • Speak to a SASSA representative in person

They can assist with all grant-related inquiries and troubleshooting. This ensures you receive your full eligible benefits.

In Conclusion

SASSA provides a vital lifeline to millions of South Africans through social assistance programs. Follow this guide to check your status for October 2023 and ensure your grants are being paid accurately and on time. Update your personal details promptly if needed. Billions of Rand in aid are disbursed each month – be sure you are accessing every benefit you qualify for.

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