The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) paid 116 867 people their R350 Social Relief Grant.
The Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) announced on Monday on its Twitter page:
#SASSACares #SocialReliefGrant @OfficialSASSA has kept the promise to pay at least 100 000 clients who applied for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress. By 31 May 2020, 116 867 clients were paid for the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant.
— GCIS Media Liaison (@GCISMedia) June 1, 2020
However, GCIS seems to have forgotten to inform the millions of frustrated jobless people who have applied when they should expect their money to be paid.
Instead, SASSA also announced on its Twitter page that all verified applicants for the unemployment grant will be paid.
All qualifying applicants who applied in May and are successfully verified will be paid the R350 for May 2020. Regardless of whether the payment is effected in early June 2020
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) June 1, 2020
SASSA started taking nationwide applications for the grant on 11 May 2020 and promised to make the first payment on 15 May 2020.
But u taking your time ne….So many applications and so few payments.
— Veli Maselela (@maveleman) June 1, 2020
So what does that say about us who’s application are still pending since the 11th of may?
— Papi🇿🇦 (@IamPapiJoe) June 1, 2020
The 116 867, said the South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) in a statement, was part of 13 million applications received. However, only 6.3 million of these were valid, complete applications.
SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said that to date, over 3.5 million applicants had been checked to confirm if they were either active SASSA grant recipients, were on the UIF database or received an NSFAS stipend.
“We have received approximately 13 million enquiries/applications about the temporary special COVID-19 SRD grant as at Monday, 25 May 2020.
“About 6.3 million of these were valid, complete applications. The rest were either duplicate applications, incomplete, had inconsistent data or were just pure enquiries,” said Busisiwe Memela, SASSA Chief Executive.
The agency said a further 1.2 million clients were being finalised through verification by SARS to confirm if they have income.
“A total of 666 381 clients have been approved and SASSA is awaiting banking details information. Over 1 597 127 have been disapproved since the applicants have some or other means of income,” read the statement.
The agency urged applicants to respond immediately to the SMS received by SASSA and provide their banking details through a secure link.
“This will enable SASSA to ensure payments are processed without delay to all eligible applicants. Citizens are reminded that there is no cut-off date for applications for this special relief grant. Anyone who meets the qualifying criteria should lodge an application without delay,” said Letsatsi.
Beneficiaries can also check the status of their applications online on https://srd.sassa.gov.za/sc19/status or by adding GovChat WhatsApp on 082 046 8553, open chat, type “Status” and Send.
Meanwhile, SASSA said it has successfully implemented the increase of the child support grant of R300 per child and an additional R500 per caregiver from June to October 2020. All other existing grants were increased by R250 per month from May to October 2020 (except for Grant in Aid). – SAnews.gov.za
As soon as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the R350 COVID-19 grant for the jobless, doubts were raised? How would a government with a poor track record of efficiency pay these millions of jobless people?
Many of the jobless are hungry.
They live on the streets or in cramped conditions and the promised relief under the hard lockdown was like manna from heaven – except for many it still hasn’t fallen to the ground.
Caught up in the excitement of being useful, the Ministry of Social Development and SASSA immediately promised to payout the grants.
Without an existing database, it was never going to be easy to identify and pay out those who qualify.
The resultant mess of moving too hastily has left many unemployed disappointed.
You can now check on the status of your application for a special R350 COVID-19 grant, SASSA revealed on Friday.
SASSA disclosed on its official Twitter page that its online status check for the special R350 COVID-19 grant is live.
The new function allows potential recipients to check the status of their applications for the unemployment grant.
To check your status you need an ID number and cellphone number.