No New Applications Accepted For SASSA R350 Grant

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President Ramaphosa announced that SASSA is going to extend their Special Relief Distress grant of R350 for another three months. However, despite the grant being extended, the agency won't be taking new applications.

President Ramaphosa announced that SASSA is going to extend their Special Relief Distress grant of R350 for another three months. However, despite the grant being extended, the agency won't be taking new applications.

"The long and short of it is that we are not taking new applications," said SASSA's spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi.

He continued to say that this does not because they don't want to take them but that they are rather waiting for directions from the Minister in terms of the method. 

During his address on the country's economic recovery plan, the President did however mention that there are talks happening about introducing a Basic Income Grant. 

Letsatsi insists that they will do their best to ensure the system works smoothly.

Directives on how this extension will be carried out and handled will be issued by South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, by Friday, said Letsatsi. 

Once the directives are published we as an organisation will be ready to hit the ground running.

Paseka Letsatsi

The R350 grant was originally supposed to end in October but will now run until January 2021. This extension will cost Government another R6 billion.

Letsatsi also says that due to all the enquiries SASSA receives from beneficiaries on the disbursement of their funds, the agency might have to embark on an intensive beneficiary campaign. 

He said that they've appealed to their beneficiaries and encourage beneficiaries to submit correct banking information or they'll be kicked out of implementation. 

On the appeals process, Letsatsi said, "The intention is that we resolve them as quick as possible".

The Department also made sure to have a system in place that would not, as the Minister said, get them in trouble with the Auditor-General. This comes after the AG's report showed that thousands of people who were not supposed to receive the grant, did.

When asked about the effectiveness of the appeals process from SASSA's side, Minister Zulu said previously that it is important to remember that the Department handles appeals and not SASSA. She also said that her Department is doing the best that it can but "not adequate, not enough" because it's a new set of work that's being done.

Those who are rejected and are not happy with their application outcome are encouraged to either call 0800 60 10 11 or email [email protected] with their complaints in order to access the recourse mechanism.


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