Sassa apologises for delay in COVID-19 relief grant payouts

Sassa apologises for delay in COVID-19 relief grant payouts

Sassa's been explaining why there's been a delay with Covid-19 social relief grant payments for March and April. 

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The agency says recipients haven't been paid because government's in the process of transiting to the current financial year. 

Government's financial year ended last month. Spokesperson, Sandy Godlwana says before any payments are made in the current financial year - tasks from the previous financial year -- need to be completed. 

"Sassa would like to apologize for this break in payments and would like to reassure all deserving applicants for their relief grant who have been affected that payments will be made as soon as the administrative processes have been finalised." 

SASSA says every single one of the more than 10 million applications for this grant is validated on a monthly basis, to ensure that payments are made to applicants who do qualify for the grant.  

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Payments for February were thus made at the end of February and early March 2021. The applications for March were validated as usual after the payments for February had been completed, but could not be extracted for payment before 31 March 2021. 

“All private and public institutions whose processes constitute dependencies have been roped in and are working tirelessly with SASSA to stabilise the situation." 

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