SASSA Has Reassessed Thousands Of Grants

Thousands of SASSA disability grant beneficiaries who have reapplied have now had their applications reassessed. This follows heaps of criticisms being targeted at the agency.

Over 4 000 Temporary Disability Grant reapplications have been assessed in KwaZulu-Natal, since the process started this year.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in KwaZulu-Natal said more beneficiaries are visiting the offices to reapply for Temporary Disability and Care Dependency Grants in the province.

The reapplication process, which started on 5 January 2021, comes after the suspension of 43 861 medically related grants that lapsed in December 2020. That total is made up of 40 875 Temporary Disability Grants and 2 986 Care Dependency Grants. 

Regional Executive Manager of SASSA KwaZulu-Natal, Themba Matlou, said as of 15 January 2021, the region has assessed 4 007 Temporary Disability Grants and 1 829 Care Dependency Grant cases.

The local offices are currently finalising the application process. Other responding clients have been booked to see the SASSA contracted doctors for assessment purposes.

During his recent visit at the SASSA local office in Pietermaritzburg to assess progress being made in the reapplication process, Matlou said the region has introduced shift work of not more than 50% of staff in the office to allow for social distancing, and to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.

He said the region also plans to finalise the reapplication for all lapsed grants by the end of March 2021.

This could be finalised even earlier than the set date if the surge subsides. The region is planning to work extended hours and even weekends to finalise these cases before end March 2021.

The temporary disability grant is there to provide relief to anyone who has a condition which results in them not being able to work temporarily. This grant is not for individuals with long standing or permanent conditions which makes them unable to work long term. These individuals would then have to apply for SASSA's disability grant. 

In order to benefit from the temporary disability grant, a medical review is needed which states that the individual is temporarily unable to work due to a medical condition for six to twelve months. 

They would need to go to the doctor, get assessed and then receive a letter from the doctor. Following this, they would then apply for the grant and then be seen by one of SASSA's medical doctors. From here, SASSA then decides whether they qualify or not.

SASSA now encourages those affected to continue reporting to the nearest SASSA office, with a detailed referral report from their treating doctor, which confirms the impact of the medical condition or disability.

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