Approximately 9 million applications have been received for the R350 Social Emergency Assistance (SRD) Grant since the application process opened on 23 April.
Speaking to Paseka Letsatsi, spokeswoman for TimesLIVE, SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), said the agency has seen an increase in new applicants for the grant.
“Most applications are from those who previously applied for the scholarship.
“More than 15 million applications were received in the last cycle, of which approximately 10.6 million were approved and paid for” , he said.
Last month, Sassa urged applicants to reapply for the grant after it was moved from the Disaster Management Act to the Social Assistance Act after the end of the national state of disaster. span>
On SAfm Letsatsi said that the postponement will not affect payments for the ever that would have been approved.
“Since the end of the state of disaster, the grants are to be incorporated into the Social Assistance Act. Sassa cannot process applications without ensuring that the law is followed.
“It is an administrative arrangement that we are confident will be resolved and people not be left behind. We don’t want people to panic,” Letsatsi said.
Other application portals have been opened
< span>On Monday, Sassa announced that the WhatsApp line is now open for R350 grant applications.
“Our WhatsApp application channel for the special Covid-19 SRD grant is active,” Sassa said.
The agency invited applicants to apply again through the website srd.sassa.gov.za WhatsApp.
How can I apply via WhatsApp?
- Add 082 046 8553 as a contact on your phone.
- Go to WhatsApp and send a message with “Hello” to the number.
- You will get an answer and should reply with “Help”.
- You will be given different options. Answer “4”.
- This will take you to the Sassa platform where you should answer “SRD”.
- < span> You must confirm whether you are applying yourself or someone else.
- Your first name, last name and ID number must be included in the message. < /li>
- After submitting your documents, you will receive a message on WhatsApp with the next steps.
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