SASSA took to Twitter to encourage online applications for common grants, however, it appears to have failed to be mindful of the financial standing of most grant beneficiaries.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) took to Twitter on Monday, 18 January 2021, to advise the public to apply for common grants online. These include child, foster and older persons grants. The SASSA landing page currently has an “apply for grant” tab, which is the starting point for applications. There has been no word on the estimated turnaround time.
The advice to apply online is believed to be a way to discourage physical visits to SASSA offices amid the pandemic. However, some have questioned the practicality of the suggestion, considering that most SASSA beneficiaries are financially disadvantaged. Therefore, some may not have access to internet facilities, sufficient data, or scanning facilities to submit the application forms.
Additionally, the suspended Temporary Disability Grants issue has not been addressed yet, suggesting that next month will mark the second consecutive month that beneficiaries will not receive their funds.
See the post below.
— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) January 18, 2021