Temporary Disability Grants provide South Africans with financial assistance while they are unable to work, due to injury or illness, for about 6 to 12 months.
SASSA has provided more than 200 000 South Africans with this temporary grant and it has positively impacted the lives of these beneficiaries.
A ten-month extension was granted before medical reviews would be required again due to the strict lockdown implemented in March 2021 and the restrictions on personal movement.
The unexpected suspension of these grants resulted in a backlog as those beneficiaries rushed to doctors to receive their medical reviews to qualify for the grant.
Many are concerned that the re-application process takes place during lockdown level three, where people are restricted in terms of access and movement, which means that they would not be able to seek medical reviews without difficulty.
SASSA said that they understand the difficulties beneficiaries may encounter, hence they are looking at what they need to put into place as an integral measure to be able to provide support to those in need.
SASSA beneficiaries are reminded that they can apply for grants online and can choose to receive their grants through their bank accounts, instead of waiting in long queues outside SASSA offices.