Sassa banking

With Sassa banking, SASSA pays the grant through one of the following methods: cash at a specific pay point on a particular day, and electronic deposit into your bank or Postbank account.

The SASSA Account is linked to a Debit Card which enables beneficiaries to transact electronically everywhere where a VISA or MasterCard logo is displayed. The SASSA account is restricted to the payment of Social Assistance and any other Social Security-related benefits, as directed by SASSA.

Switching to SASSA Gold Card: If you want your SASSA grant paid into your personal bank account, you can switch to an SASSA gold card. You will need to download and complete a Consent Form for Bank Payment and bring it to an SASSA branch along with your proof of identity.

How do I update my bank details with sassa?

Wondering how to update your bank details with Sassa then this article has got you covered. Updating your bank details with SASSA in South Africa can be done online or by visiting the SASSA office.

To update your banking details with SASSA, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the SASSA Online Portal by visiting
  2. Locate the Banking Details section and click on it.
  3. Verify your identity by entering your South African ID number in the provided box.
  4. Enter your new bank account details.
  5. Confirm the updated details.

Please note that you will receive an SMS with a secure link, unique to you, to the mobile phone number with which you registered during the application. Follow the instructions in the SMS to complete the process.

Alternatively, you can visit your nearest SASSA office or contact SASSA on their toll-free number at 0800 60 10 11 to request an SASSA 13 form. Complete the SASSA 13 form by providing your details and your new banking details.

How long does SASSA take to verify banking details?

The timeframe SASSA takes to verify banking details is between 7 to 10 working days.  During this period, SASSA cross-checks the updated bank details with the beneficiary’s information to ensure accuracy.

SASSA has indicated that it should take up to 10 working days (thus approximately two weeks) to complete the bank account verification process. While the verification timeframe may vary, banks generally take around seven business days to complete the process.