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Special COVID-19 SRD Grant Under the Spotlight

August 18, 2020

Department of Social Development

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has received over 8,5 million applications for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.

The social development department confirmed this in a statement on a recent MINMEC meeting on measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

According to the department, the total indicates an average increase of two hundred thousand per week.

“The total number of approved applications increased from just over 5 million in June to over 5,5 in July. Of the 5.5 million applications approved in July, over 3 million have been paid.”

The department added that the cumulative number of rejected applications currently stands at 2, 7 million.

“In line with administrative justice, SASSA has established a recourse mechanism that enables rejected applicants to apply for reconsideration and reassessment.”

Reassessments are underway and approximately 900 000 applicants who were previously declined, have since been reinstated and paid accordingly.

The department also confirmed that MINMEC is committed towards strengthening and fast-tracking support towards Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes in ensuring that ECD programmes meet the COVID 19 requirements.

As regards food relief, food parcels have been distributed to over 6, 5 million people across the country.

“While current data shows that the demand has levelled off, there is concern that it could ramp up again as more households experience hardship due to unemployment.”