Sassa to pay out Covid-19 relief funds this week
Sassa CEO Totsie Memela apologised to those inconvenienced by the slow rate of payouts of Social Relief of Distress grants. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) says it will make Covid-19 social relief of distress grant payouts this week.
Spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said the entity was operating with a third of its staff under level 4 restrictions — and that a move to level 3 would increase human resource capacity drastically so that payments could be made quicker than at present.
It was reported last week that just 10 of the special so-called “Covid-19 grants” had been paid.
“Much progress has been made in preparing for the payment of large numbers of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grants,” said Letsatsi.
Unbanked applicants would be paid through money sent using an ATM of their choice. Sassa said it would finalise contracting for this facility with banks on Monday so that payments could be made this week.
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