Some Sassa Grants Will Lapse Soon


Two of Sassa's grants will be lapsing soon, as the extension date given earlier this year is now near. A statement has been released, explaining what will happen to beneficiaries and caregivers. 

Sassa's Temporary Disability and Care Dependency Grants will lapse on 31 December 2020. This applies to grants for children who turned 18 from the period of February to December 2020. 

Beneficiaries have already been informed of this decision, recently announced by Sassa in a statement. Sassa has urged all beneficiaries to respond to the courtesy letters they received as soon as possible. 

Following the announcement of the National State of Disaster, the Minister of Social Development decided to extend both grants to 31 December 2020. 

Many beneficiaries were having trouble applying for social grants, especially the temporary disability grant. Beneficiaries of this grant had to see doctors for medical assessments but many were not able to because the health system was dealing with Covid-19 patients.

Temporary Disability grants that lapsed on 1 February were extended to 31 December 2020. Care Dependency grants were also extended for children who turned 18 during that period. 

"Beneficiaries of the Temporary Disability Grants who feel that their medical condition still prevents them from working are advised to approach their nearest SASSA Local Office from 05 January 2021 to re-apply. It must be understood that this is not a review process, but a new application, as temporary disability grants are awarded for a specific period only."
Sassa has also asked caregivers of children whose grants will lapse at the end of this month to visit Sassa offices from 5 January 2021 to apply for disability grants for young adults. 
"Care givers of children whose Care Dependency Grants will lapse are not required to bring the children to SASSA Local Offices but should come to undertake the application process as the proxy for their children."
Beneficiaries are reminded to bring along their clinical records, giving details of their medical conditions. 
"All COVID-19 precautionary measures (screening of both clients and SASSA Staff, sanitization, wearing of masks, social distancing.) will continue to be observed at all times. SASSA will endeavour to limit the time applicants have to spend in queues waiting for service, as much as practically possible."

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