Beneficiaries to be paid double this week- SASSA

SASSAThe double payments are for people who didn't get paid in June and July. consistent with them, people who qualify will receive double payment of R700 by the top of the month.

“This is supposed to avoid a situation where beneficiaries of the COVID-19 social relief of distress grant need to make two trips to the Post Office and to eradicate the backlog of payments. The move was met with much appreciation and excitement on social media this morning,” it said.

SASSA has started payments of the double grants for those with bank accounts while those without bank accounts will receive their money through the post office. this may be done progressively throughout the month to undertake and limit the amount of individuals at the post offices on a day to day .

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“Beneficiaries are reminded that they ought to only visit the post office once they need received an SMS saying their money has been paid in and is prepared for collection,” it said.

SASSA also said it reconsidered applications made in May thanks to updated databases which were received and over a million applicants were approved for the R350 grant.

“This will drastically reduce the amount of potential appeals and can also cushion the affected beneficiaries against the present impact of the lockdown,” it added.

SASSA announced on Wednesday that it's received over 7.8 million applications for the R350 grant.

“Of this number, we've approved over 4 million applications to whom just over one R17,000,000 are going to be disbursed,” it said.