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Sassa apologises for delay in Covid-19 grant payments

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Private and public institutions are working with Sassa to stabilise the situation

File picture: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)

PAYMENTS for the Covid-19 social relief grant will be delayed for the months of March and April.

Provincial SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) communication and marketing senior manager Inno Khunou said the delay was caused by the transition in financial years.

“The end of March is the end of the financial year for government. Various administrative tasks must be completed before any payments relating to the previous financial year can be made. Sassa is currently busy with these end of financial year tasks which have delayed payment,” said Khunou.

She stated that systems had to be reactivated when the grant was extended up until April 30.

“Every single one of the more than 10 million applications for this grant are validated on a monthly basis to ensure that payments are made to applicants who do qualify for the grant. Payments for February were 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 March 31.”

Sassa CEO Totsie Memela said private and public institutions were working with Sassa to stabilise the situation.

“Sassa would like to apologise for this break in the payments and would like to reassure all deserving applicants for the relief grant who have been affected that payments will be made as soon as the administrative processes have been completed.”