SASSA Pays 2.5 Million People Their R350 COVID-19 Grant

The agency said the appeals function will be added to the www.srd.sassa.gov.za website as soon as the relevant framework has been approved.

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) announced on Tuesday it has paid 2,5 million people their R350 Social Relief Grant.

“More than two and a half million applicants have already been paid so far from over
3.2 million who applied for the COVID-19 grant,” the agency said in a statement.

“Updating the UIF database has brought such a relief to us and the affected beneficiaries, the numbers will rise daily until we have paid all deserving individuals who were previously declined”, said Totsie Memela SASSA CEO.

She added that SASSA is working with the Department of  Social Development to finalise the modalities of the appeals process for applicants who still feel that their applications were rejected unfairly.

The agency said the appeals function will be added to the www.srd.sassa.gov.za website as soon as the relevant framework has been approved.

Twitter users were not happy that SASSA has classified this review as a ‘lifeline. In its statement, the agency said: SASSA Sends Lifeline to Rejected COVID-19 Grant Applicants 

 

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