SASSA Grant Increase October 2023

SASSA grants increased twice this year, once in April 2023 and the other in October 2023. The main reason for increasing the grant payments was to allow the beneficiaries to adjust their expenses with inflation.

SASSA Grant Increase 2023

As inflation goes up, SASSA is also working hard to make their beneficiaries live easier and reaccess the grant payments every year to help their citizens cope up with inflation. Now once again, SASSA has increased the grant payments.

Please keep reading to learn how much your grant increased on October 1, 2023.

Recent SASSA Grant Increase in October 2023

The grant amount increase for each type of grant on October 1, 2023 is as follows.

  • Old Age Grant: The Old Age Grant amount increased from R2080 to R2090 for applicants aged between 60 and 74. The grant amount increased from 2100 to 2110 for the applicants who are 75 years or older. The total increase is R10 for all old-age grant holders from 1 October 2023.
  • Disability Grant: Disability Grant amount increased from R2080 to R2090 in October 2023.
  • War Veterans Grant: The War Veteran’s Grant amount has been increased from R2100 to R2110 from 1 October 2023.
  • Child Support Grant: The Child Support Grant increased from R500 to R510 in October 2023. The Child Support Grant top-up amount remains the same.
  • Care Dependency Grant: The Care Dependency Grant increased from R2080 to R2090 in October 2023.
  • Foster Child Grant: The grant payment for the Foster Child Grant increased from R1120 to R1130 in October 2023.
  • Grant-In-Aid: The Grant-In-Aid amount increased from R500 to R510 in October 2023.
  • SRD (Social Relief of Distress) Grant: The SRD grant remains the same R350 from the date it was introduced.
SASSA Grant Increase 01 October 2023

Finance Minister Plans for SASSA Grants Increase and its Future

In the budget speech for the 2023/2024 financial year, which was held on 22 February 2023, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwa shared the current grants stats and government plans for social grants and how the government is trying to make things easier for grant beneficiaries.

He announced that the grant payments would be increased to 5% to keep up with inflation, as the government has committed. (We saw the government has followed through on its commitment to increase grants by 5%, as seen by the April 2023 and now October 2023 increases.)

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwa also shared an interesting fact that the old age grants and child grants are receiving the largest share of grant funds and about 70% of all government social grant funds. There are a total of 17.5 million beneficiaries of those two grants alone.

He also shared that the current grant beneficiaries are 18.6 million, according to March 2023. These numbers are expected to grow to 19.6 million by the end of March 2026. The government currently spends R233 billion on grants per year, and it will increase its spending to R248.4 billion by 2025/26 to help all grant recipients. He also added that the government will allocate over 10 billion more funds for grant payments by 2025 to help all grant recipients.

What about the SRD R350 Grant Increase?

There is no increase for the SASSA Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant. Although the Department of Social Development requested for the increase to the National Treasury, it was not considered due to fiscal constraints. 

Fake New Circulating About SRD Grant Increase

There is fake news revolving on social media about the increment of the R350 grant. SASSA dismissed these claims and advised beneficiaries to avoid fraudsters. Never share your grant details with anyone, as scammers can steal your grant money.

When is the SASSA Grant Paid?

SASSA grants are paid monthly, and it releases the payment schedule for every month for each type of grant. You will also receive a notification when your payment date arrives.

Please see the SASSA payment dates to know about your upcoming payment date.


The SASSA Grant Increase in 2023 has brought much-needed relief to beneficiaries, with two incremental increases in April and October. The Finance Minister’s commitment to addressing inflation through a 5% increase and allocating more funds in the future to provide further ease to growing grant beneficiaries is a good positive signal.

The only sad news is that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant remains unchanged due to fiscal constraints, despite false claims circulating on social media. Beneficiaries are warned against sharing personal information to avoid being scammed.


The SASSA grants were increased twice in 2023. The increases were made in April and October 2023.

All SASSA grants except the SRD grant were increased in October 2023, including the Old Age Grant, Disability Grant, War Veterans Grant, Child Support Grant, Care Dependency Grant, Foster Child Grant, and Grant-In-Aid.

Unfortunately, there was no increase to the SRD R350 Grant due to fiscal constraints. The Department of Social Development requested an increase, but it wasn’t approved.

The government currently spends R233 billion annually on grants. This spending is expected to increase to R248.4 billion by 2025/26 to assist all grant recipients.

SASSA grants are paid on a monthly basis, and a payment schedule is released for each type of grant. Beneficiaries also receive notifications about their specific payment dates.

No, the SRD grant amount remains the same as R350. All of the SRD grant increase news circulating on social media is fake. SASSA dismissed these false news and warned beneficiaries to never share your personal details with these fraudsters.

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    1. Hi Durald,

      It’s a good news that your SASSA grant payments are increased. May I know what problem you are facing?

        1. I lost my old number that I registered with.And it’s been 8 months now can you please 🙏 help me change my number

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