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Sassa Announced Good News For R350 Covid 19 Fund Applicants

“We urge approved clients who have unclaimed funds from the previous cycle to collect them as soon as possible,”

Those are the words of Sassa CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khamubla as she was explaining why affected beneficiaries have until November 30, 2021, to collect their unclaimed funds.

According to Memela-Khamubla, more than 8.3 million applications were approved and over 5.6 million applicants were paid in September.

Approved applicants of the special Covid-19 SRD Grant, whose unclaimed funds from the first round of the grant were to be forfeited on August 31, 2021, can still collect their unclaimed funds at the Post Office.

COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant recipients, whose unclaimed funds were to be forfeited at the end of August, can still collect their money at the Post Office.

Payments not withdrawn by any beneficiary by the end of November this year will be forfeited to the state to fund other government priorities.

On the other hand, on the 15 th of October, SASSA Mpumalanga Spokesperson Senzeni Ngubeni said the province has paid 686374 special SRD Covid-19 grant 13 October 2021

Mpumalanga South African Social Security Agency would like to ensure applicants who have been approved to get a grant that they will be paid and they must not panic. SASSA on the national scale has received 8836723 and paid 7487538, and the national benchmark is 85%.

”In Mpumalanga, SASSA has received 801849 currently and paid 686374 which amounts to 86% in comparison to the national scale benchmark SRD Covid-19 grant (R350) application as at 13 October 2021.

The new applications received 569301 and Return 651499. The quad 777 meaning those without IDs Mpumalanga has received 12 applications which are in process.

SASSA is encouraging those who have not been approved to appeal if they are not satisfied. The applicant application can be disapproved if the applicant is registered on UIF and NSFAS interface systems or any other assistance from the government and, receiving alternative income which exceeds an amount of R595.00 monthly as determined by the Social Assistance Act threshold on social grants.”

According to Ngubeni, if the applicant is not registered on the above-mentioned government-linked services or not receiving alternative income, the applicant has a right to appeal the decision by login into the SASSA website and clicking on reconsideration.

This option request the applicant ID number the applicant can choose the relevant option or reason for the dispute.

This Covid 19 awareness article was produced with the Journalists for Human Rights support.

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