Elderly and persons with disabilities to receive social grant payments early
The payment of social grants for the elderly and persons with disabilities will be administered from the 30th of March.
The agency's Henry De Grass says all other grants, like child support grants, should be collected from 1 April.
The decision to bring forward the payment of April's grants by two days is in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, which has seen 240 cases in South Africa as of Saturday 21 March.
The move by the agency is in a bid to lower the risk of Covid-19 infections by reducing congestion at the Post Office, retailers and banks where grants are often collected.
It's believed that the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the virus.
De Grass says beneficiaries who normally collect their grants at cash pay points, will be able to do so from the 1st of April.
He has urged beneficiaries to avoid collecting their grants on the first day of payment due to prevent large crowds of people.
We normally start paying on the 1st of the month, now we are bringing it forward with two days - the 30th and the 31st [of March].Henry De Grass, General Manager of Grants Administration - Sassa
It only applies to old age grants and persons with disabilities.Henry De Grass, General Manager of Grants Administration - Sassa
We'd like to appeal to beneficiaries that, where they can, to go collect it later in the month so we don't have crowds.Henry De Grass, General Manager of Grants Administration - Sassa
Sassa will also introduce measures to increase hygiene at cash pay points and ensure that social distancing protocols are followed to curb the spread of the virus, De Grass advises.
Listen to the discussion on Weekend Breakfast with Africa Melane:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Elderly and persons with disabilities to receive social grant payments early
It cannot stop its furnaces, so it must keep them going. Bruce Whitfield interviews Mike Arnold, CEO at Consol Glass.Read More
Treasury is mulling raising taxes, says Prof Adrian Saville, Chief Executive of Cannon Asset Managers.Read More
"I have witnessed this device saving lives," says Dr Warren Gregorowski of the proudly South African device.Read More
"Family meeting" – the scariest words in the English language. Bruce Whitfield interviews News24 Political Editor Qaanitah Hunter.Read More
"It’s mandatory for medical schemes to pay for for the Covid-19 vaccine," says Dr Ryan Noach, CEO at Discovery Health.Read More
The President is addressing the nation on measures it's taking to combat the 2nd wave of Covid-19, now washing over South Africa.Read More
Dr Johan Ferreira (Senior Lecturer in Statistics at UP) on the chance of contracting Covid-19 compared to other dangers.Read More
It’s heart-breaking; the results of a study by Finfind and the Department of Small Business Development.Read More
Investors are getting ahead of themselves, warns Pieter Hundersmarck, a fund manager at Flagship Asset Management.Read More
Pfizer is on the verge of cracking a Covid-19 vaccine, says Dr Glenda Gray, CEO at Medical Research Council.Read More