What Happens If You Don’t Claim Your SASSA Grant?

For South Africans relying on social grants from SASSA as their main income source, collecting grant funds regularly is essential. But life can sometimes get in the way of withdrawing your full grant amount right when it’s paid. What happens then if you don’t claim all or part of your SASSA grant in a given month?

This article outlines the procedures, timelines, and impacts of not claiming your SASSA funds regularly, so you know what to expect. We also provide tips to avoid lapsing or losing your grant.

SASSA Grant Payment Cycles

SASSA distributes grant funds in monthly payment cycles according to set dates:

  • Older Person’s Grant – 1st of the month
  • Disability Grant – 3rd of the month
  • Child Support Grant – 5th of the month

These cycles repeat monthly, so your grant is recurring. You don’t need to reapply each month, just withdraw available funds.

Consequences of Not Withdrawing Funds

Here’s what generally happens if you don’t claim your SASSA grant:

  • Funds remain available for 90 days – If unpaid, the funds stay accessible in your SASSA account or card for 3 months.
  • No expiration if account active – As long as you withdraw even a small portion, the full balance remains valid beyond 90 days.
  • Grant suspension after 90 days – With no withdrawals at all for 3 months, your grant is suspended temporarily.
  • Three month reinstatement window – You then have 3 months to contact SASSA to reactivate a suspended grant.
  • Cancellation after reinstatement window – If not reinstated in time, the grant is canceled completely and funds are forfeited.

So in summary, you have 90 days leeway to claim funds, another 90 days to reinstate if suspended, and then possible cancellation if not addressed.

Avoiding SASSA Grant Suspension or Cancellation

To prevent your SASSA grant from lapsing, being suspended, or canceled entirely:

  • Withdraw any amount each month, even if not the full grant. This keeps the account active.
  • If you can’t withdraw for a few months, notify SASSA to explain the situation.
  • Always withdraw the full amount before the 90 day limit.
  • If suspended, immediately apply for reinstatement within 90 days.
  • Inform SASSA if your circumstances change, like getting employment.
  • Follow all grant rules and requirements to remain qualified.

Can You Reapply After Cancellation?

If your SASSA grant is canceled after not being reinstated in time, you will have to reapply from scratch as a new applicant.

There is no guarantee of approval again, as you will need to prove you still meet the eligibility criteria. Any back pay owed before cancellation is unfortunately forfeited.

Avoid the hassle of reapplying by staying active on your grant and notifying SASSA of any issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the money expire in my SASSA account?

No, the funds do not expire as long as you make any withdrawal within 90 days to keep the account active.

Q: What if I lost my SASSA card?

Notify SASSA right away and apply for a new card. Temporarily use your ID and PIN to withdraw funds until the card replacement arrives.

Q: Can someone else withdraw my grant?

No. Only you as the primary beneficiary may collect your grant funds. Exceptions for legal guardians of child grants.

Q: How do I check for unclaimed grants?

Call 0800 60 10 11 or log into your SASSA account to check your balance and payment history. Any unclaimed amounts will show.


SASSA aims to provide social assistance to those in need, but requires beneficiaries to take accountability in collecting funds regularly to keep grants active.

Set withdrawal reminders for after your pay date each month. And if issues arise temporarily preventing you from withdrawing, notify SASSA to avoid suspension or cancellation. This will ensure you receive your grant uninterrupted going forward.

1 thought on “What Happens If You Don’t Claim Your SASSA Grant?”

  1. I haven’t withdrawn for 2 months, but when I want to withdraw today the balance is R133, it’s a social grant for 2 children. Where do I enquire?


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