SASSA To Pay All Grants By June
SASSA To Pay All Grants By June ( SASSA ) While facing many delays with processing payments to beneficiaries , SASSA has said it is making progress to get to the backlog in the moment.
SASSA CEO Totsie Memela can confirmed that SASSA is working to pay all grants it owes to qualifying beneficiaries by June this year 2021. Memela said SASSA is struggling to keep up with making payments because of the many extensions the grant has been given .
In October 2020 The grant was extended until January and then also in January until April 2021. Challenge we have is that each time we have grants, we then have to extend all the different contracts we have whenever there’s an extension. We therefore had to extend the contracts we had with banks…The challenge we have is for February and March because we had to validate each and every client that had applied for those months” Malema said.
Furthermore Validating the status of the applicants has caused even more delays to date , and two payments made in the same month can qualify as “irregular expenditure”.
Mrs Memela said SASSA has been trying to avoid “irregular expenditure” by following the correct procedures and protocols put in place.
Few or Some of the Post Offices have been also struggling to keep up with the many beneficiaries who visit the offices to claim funds from SASSA on a daily basis . And there have been cases of some beneficiaries visiting the post offices without receiving a text or SMS confirming that they have to collect money . The Post Office has also assured applicants that the payments do not expire and applicants can collect their money when they receive SMS from SASSA.
To SASSA Workers “It’s a challenge that we’ve had for a while but it’s a challenge we believe is resolvable in instances where we’ve actually advised people to go get the payment, except in instances when the cash is not available.” She Said.
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