Sassa dates changed to support social distancing

Free State Sassa spokesperson, Motshewa Maleka, explained that payouts have been moved to next week.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has moved grant payments as a method of minimising the risk of Covid-19 infection. Grants for the elderly and people with disabilities will be paid out on 4 and 5 May 2020, followed by other grants on 6 May 2020.

These will be the second roll out of payments since lockdown has been enforced in March. According to Free State Sassa spokesperson, Motshewa Maleka, safety is a priority during this period for both grant recipients and agents.

“Dates were changed for grant payments due to concerns over avoiding the spread of Covid-19. Therefore this is a measure to ease congestion at retailers and bank infrastructures to help minimise the risk of infection whilst ensuring social distancing and hygiene protocol are maintained as pronounced by the president,” she said.

Earlier this month Sassa announced the shifting of payment days to help recipients avoid monthpend rush.
The agency has already included the R250 increment for older people and those with disabilties to the upcoming payouts as stipulated by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week.

The increment will be paid out for the next six months. “Grants for Older Persons and Persons with Disability including Foster Care, and Care Dependency Grants have been increased by R250 per month for a period of six months as from May 2020 to October 2020,” said Maleka.

Sassa is also in the process of rolling out the new Social Relief for Distress (SRD) grant to those under financial strain during lockdown.
“The SRD, during this period, is provided in a form of a food parcel, however, the process of issuing food parcels has been proven to be time consuming and cumbersome.

Therefore the agency will be introducing an automated application and e-payment systems. This process will allow applicants to lodge applications electronically through WhatsApp or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) platforms,” explained Maleka.
More information on applications for SRD will be shared with the public.