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Sassa: ‘There is no fixed payment date for the special Covid-19 SRD grant’

Sassa has announced that there is no fixed payment date for the special R350 Covid-19 SRD grand promised and paid to unemployed individuals who have been affected by the pandemic.

There has been a number of issues since the beginning of the applications, most people haven’t been paid, some are currently still pending, and a whole more people by the look of the comments on iBusiness, are having link issues.

Sassa explained that the ‘applicant will be paid for each month as long as they still meet the qualification criteria’ and in this regard, each and every month, the ‘application will be verified to ensure that the applicant still qualifies for that particular month’.

In the other news, refugees will be paid the R350 COVID-19 relief grand, this ruling was enforced by the Pretoria High Court. This initiative will cost the Social Development a whopping R700 million.

Economist Mike Schussler spoke to IOL stating that this ruling increases the tax base burden.

“With the pressure that South Africa is under, it will increase the burden on the tax base. We are spending R9 billion extra a month on our Sassa grants, so adding this will add about 2% more on the payments. It’s not a very big percentage but it’s money we don’t have,”

 

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