SASSA

SASSA applicants camped outside Mdantsane office

“I noticed that most people getting served were those who had camped here the night before, so I decided to join them”

By Johnnie Isaac - 27 May 2020

SASSA applicants brave cold and rain to queue for help

SASSA says it’s only accepting online applications for the Covid-19 Relief Grant

By Buziwe Nocuze - 26 May 2020

“I slept outside SASSA for two days with my child” says mom desperate for help

The line outside the offices in Long Street has been snaking for days

Photos by Ashraf Hendricks - 21 May 2020
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Covid-19: Premier Mabuyane witnesses huge queues for social grants

“Our biggest concern is when the virus reaches rural areas and townships”

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik and Johnnie Isaac - 30 March 2020
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Government scrambles as court deadline on foster care looms

Thousands of foster care grants at stake

By Barbara Maregele - 31 October 2019
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SASSA and Home Affairs offices stand empty

Offices unstaffed in Maqongqo, Pietermaritzburg

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 22 October 2019
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Old people and babies spend night outside in queue for SASSA services

“If you do not sleep here, you will not get assisted”

By Velani Ludidi - 26 April 2019
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Court orders SASSA to pay grants into accounts chosen by beneficiaries

Application was brought by beneficiaries with EasyPay Everywhere accounts held at Grindrod Bank

By Ciaran Ryan - 29 November 2018
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CPS forecasts “disruptive and stressful experience” for social grant recipients in September

Social Development Minister to address claims by CPS on Friday

By Barbara Maregele - 30 August 2018
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Bathabile Dlamini off-the-hook for court costs - for now

Delays could have been avoided by Dlamini and former CEO Pearl Bhengu but their conduct was not “in bad faith or grossly negligent”

By Zoë Postman - 30 August 2018
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SASSA ignores fire victims for six months

Despite being notified of the disaster SASSA has done nothing for the 12 families in Wallacedene who lost everything in a fire

By Vincent Lali - 21 August 2018
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Nationwide computer glitch delays SASSA card swapping

Pensioners in Pietermaritzburg complain of long lines and not being helped

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 20 August 2018
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“I have no food at home” says grant recipient following Post Office glitch

Nearly 800,000 beneficiaries affected by payment problems

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 5 July 2018
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“We are paid peanuts” says SASSA employee

Workers affiliated to the Public Servants’ Association have rejected SASSA’s 7% pay hike

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 3 July 2018
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Unsuspecting SASSA beneficiary duped into getting green EasyPay card

Beneficiary claims he was told green card operates the same way as the official SASSA card.

By Thamsanqa Mbovane - 25 June 2018
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Treasury shoots down CPS social grant payment fee

R51 recommended to Constitutional Court instead of R67 per cash beneficiary

By Barbara Maregele - 3 May 2018