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Sassa pays first batch of Covid-19 grants

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it has paid the first batch of the latest R350 social relief distress grant.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Sassa confirmed that the payment has been successful.  

“The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has successfully started with the first batch of payments for the COVID-19 social Relief of distress (SRD R350 Grant) today (25 August 2021).”

Sassa spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi says their system has been stable enough to receive millions of applications.

“The good news is that majority of people gave us their bank account details which makes our life easier and reduces the queues at the post offices. As we speak now, we’re approaching the 10 million mark of people who have made applications and I think the fact that we’re approaching the 10 million mark within just a month it demonstrates that our system was a little bit better as compared to when we started,” says Letsatsi.

The agency says the grant is meant to benefit unemployed citizens who were and still are negatively affected by COVID-19 since 2020.

According to Sassa payments are made directly into approved beneficiary’s bank accounts, mobile money transfer through cell phones and through the South African Post Office.

“Payments have started, some approved applicants will receive their funds over the next coming days due to the large scale of transactions that need to be processed.”

8 931 375 applications were made within 12 days of the opening the application channels.

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