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SASSA lays out plans to pay eligible beneficiaries

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will screen applicants against other databases to see whether they qualify. Supplied. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will screen applicants against other databases to see whether they qualify.

COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant to go to those who are disadvantaged

April 25, 2020

Staff reporter 

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) chief executive Busisiwe Memela says this is how the social security agency plans to identify and pay eligible beneficiaries.

This week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new coronavirus grant of R350 a month for the next six months.

>The special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant will go to those who are unemployed and do not receive any other social grant or UIF payment.

>The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will screen applicants against other databases to see whether they qualify.

>These databases will include the SA Revenue Service (Sars), the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

>They are going to use three possible processes; an e-voucher, a mobile money transfer or, if you have a bank account, they’ll put the money in your bank account.

How will people register?

>They are going to be using an SSD or a WhatsApp process for them to be able to register.

>You are going to be able to indicate 'I'm not employed', 'I'm not getting UIF', 'I'm not getting an NSFAS fund', 'I'm a South African'. And then they will check all these [details] against the databases.

>The system will automatically say whether you qualify or don't qualify... Then they’ll put you to the back-end and process the payment.

>Non South Africans who have legal papers to be in South Africa, will qualify or if you are a refugee.

>Once you've registered, they hope to start doing the payments at the beginning of May.