The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has taken a decision to relook at declined COVID-19 applications and get to the bottom of the rejection.

The high number involved raised questions and SASSA decided that it would be wise to reconsider these before subjecting them to appeals process which comes at a cost and delay.

There’s an urgency to pay out the grant during these trying times for people negatively affected by the National lockdown.

SASSA says that in early June close to 50% of processed applications did not qualify in terms of criteria. A majority of these were people who are receiving or qualified to receive UIF benefits according to SASSA’s database. Therefore, SASSA took a decision to request an updated database to reconsider declined UIF cases.

Out of the reconsideration process it emerged that 85% of the UIF cases actually qualify. They have been approved and are being made aware of the decision. Everyone affected will receive an SMS requesting them to provide banking details. It is important that the SMS is responded to as quickly as possible and to follow the link provided.

More than 2,5 million applicants have already been paid so far from over 3,2 million who applied for the COVID-19 relief fund. “Updating the UIF database has bought such relief to us and the affected beneficiaries, the numbers will rise daily until we have paid all deserving individuals who were previously declined “ said Totsie Memela SASSA CEO.

You can also check the status of your Covid-19 SRD application via WhatsApp. Type ‘status’ and send to 082 046 8553

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