Sassa SRD payment Updates for August September and October 2020
For many applicants of the sassa srd R350 Grant, August has been one of their difficult months ever since the grant was instituted in April and payment started in May.
The grant has been saddled with so many challenges although it has chalked a net success.
Ranging from those who were earlier unduly declined to those who were approved but when they get to the post office only to be told there is no money.
The overwhelming number of people converging at the post office to collect their grants and in most cases disregarding social or physical distancing was worrisome and dangerous in the midst of this global pandemic.
In August, almost all those who were approved have had their status remained pending till the close of the month and as at Sunday 6th September, at the time of filing this report, the situation was the same.
From sources gathered by this news portal, the following are the key factors that may have affected the delay of the three remaining months namely : August, September and October.
1) One of the factors has to do with auditing done by the audit service which has brought to light some of the irregularities in the payments. It has been made known how some unqualified people were approved and paid. In view of this, sassa wants to do a thorough screening to make sure that monies are only paid to qualified applicants who are indeed distressed.
2) Because of the overcrowding and the disregard for social distancing protocols at the post office. Sassa has for the second time asked approved applicants to switch from the default payponit thus Post Office to their preferred bank account or vice versa. The latest window will expire on Sunday, September 6th, 2020. If you have not already done it, you can do before the date expires.
This will help reduce the number of people going to the post office for their money.
For the first week of September, sassa/post office is paying grant recipients for the Old Age, Disability Grant, Child Support grant etc. In view of this the Post Office will not be attending to the srd applicants.
3) Sassa is likely to pay some applicants double for the month of August and September.
4) Sources also have it that they will relook at those who were declined using some flimsy excuses.
5)sassa, according media reports, has a backlog of hundreds of thousands of emails unattended to, a daily phone calls of approximately 40k (40,000) with only 26 of staff support. In the said statement, sassa intend to offer a third the opportunity to help manage emails and other queries regarding the scheme or SRD payments.
At this point, some applicants still have their May, June and July payments still not received although approved. In spite of all these things, sassa has assured the applicants that if only they qualify they will eventually be paid.
Post office is to resume payments of the SRD grant starting from Tuesday, 8th September 2020.
It is even rumoured on social media and other media outlets that sassa us likely to double payments or triple for the two or three months respectively.