Sassa records more than 11 million applications for the R350 COVID grant

Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi on Monday said 57% were female applicants.

FILE: Applications for the R350 grant opened earlier this month. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has recorded more than 11 million applications for the COVID-19 social relief of distress grant.

Applications for the R350 grant opened earlier this month.

Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi on Monday said 57% were female applicants. He said the agency had started paying out the first batch of applicants.

“In terms of making daily payments, we are hoping that tomorrow we would have reached the 2.5 million mark. We moved from 6,000 last week and we are now on 1.5 million payments this week.”

He said those who had applied in the previous cycle should head to the Post Office to get their money.

“If they do not do that, unfortunately, their money will be forfeited back and the South African Social Security Agency will be forced to take the money back to National Treasury.”

Letsatsi said people should only visit the Post Office to collect their funds once they had received a payment notification SMS.

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