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Thandi Pangani had to stand in close proximity, shoulder-to-shoulder, with hundreds of other people, queueing in the baking heat for her monthly grant from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
The family of a pensioner who died outside a post office has called on the public to refrain from publishing false information about her death.
Beneficiaries of social grants are facing exposure to the novel coronavirus which could result in furthering the spread of the virus to vulnerable communities, says human rights organisation Black Sash.
Two pensioners die in queues in Pimville, Soweto, and Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal on the first day of social grant payments under the 21-day lockdown.
Two pensioners died on the first day of social grant payments under the 21-day lockdown in Pimville, Soweto, and Hammersdale in KwaZulu-Natal.
"We understand the reasons for the lockdown, but it’s difficult to abide by the rules". Three elderly people from Diepsloot have told News24 while waiting for their grant payouts from Sassa.
Instead of focusing on interventions for the rich, government's focus should be on directing cash to poor and hard-working families that will bear the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis, writes Mmusi Maimane.
The Constitutional Court has refused Cash Paymaster Services leave to appeal a judgment ordering the company to pay back R316m to the South African Social Security Agency.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is probing allegations of improper conduct at the South African Social Security Agency in Gauteng, for the alleged misuse of state funds, the abuse of power, and victimisation.
Every month an elderly woman pays R70 for a taxi to drive her around the mountain from Genadendal to Caledon before standing in a queue for upwards of two hours to collect her Sassa social grant.
Joshua Matshidiso, 68, had both legs amputated due to an infection in 2010. On Monday 30 March, he joined other social grant beneficiaries who rose before sunrise to collect their grants at a nearby retailer pay point in Dunoon, Milnerton, Cape Town.
The government has conceded the first round of social grant collections during the lockdown had teething problems as there was no enforcement of social distancing in the long queues.
A group of pensioners grew increasingly frustrated as they waited hours for their Sassa grants in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Watch.
Social distancing and protective clothing were the last things on the minds of many people who collected their social grants at some of the busiest pay points in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Lebogang Maile is mostly satisfied with the rollout of social grant payouts in Tembisa, but still has concerns about the lack of physical distancing in queues.
Grants for the month of April for older persons and persons with disabilities are brought forward to 30 March, Sassa announces.
Annie Tshimanga, originally from Congo, lost nine months of child grants when she was robbed of her Sassa card in 2017. She is still fighting for the money she is owed.
Sassa will be reviewing the grants it pays to 580 recipients in Walvis Bay, Namibia, following concerns about social benefits being claimed in two countries at once and payments being made even after a person has died.
In 2011, offices for home affairs and the SA Social Security Agency were officially opened in Maqongqo Centre, Pietermaritzburg. But a resident says the offices only operated for a short time before they were closed down.
Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini must still be held accountable for the South African Social Security Agency grant payment fiasco, the DA has said, reacting to the Public Protector's findings.
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