The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is now depending on National Treasury to give it the green light and essentially allow applicants of the R350 grant to be paid through the cardless payment channel at ATMs.
Since the applications started in August, more than 14 million applications have been submitted. More than 8.3 million have been approved, while over 5.6 million received their monies by September 2021.
SASSA R350 grant: 1.5 million beneficiaries no paid yet
While most of the SASSA R350 grant were able to access their monies from the Post Office, SASSA CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula says about 1.5 million applicants chose to be paid through the cardless payment channel at ATMs.
“About 1.5 million applicants chose to be paid through the cardless payment channel at ATM’s. This category has not been paid as yet, as Sassa went through a procurement process to use this payment method with the banks, and National Treasury is currently considering this request”
Memela-Khambula said despite the high number of applications, Sassa has been able to expedite payment of verified clients, while continuing to verify the remaining applications.
“As soon as Treasury approves our request, we will pay every cent owed to this category of beneficiaries without any waste of time. We really empathise with them but we also have a responsibility to follow the law,” Memela-Khambula further added.
The special grant was established at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help the country’s most marginalised navigate the economic devastation spurred by the respiratory illness. Since its roll-out, there have been growing calls, particularly from labour unions and federations, for the grant to not only be increased, but to also continue beyond the pandemic.