The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
Despite extra taxis being put on the roads to transport essential staff to a stores, there have been delays at shops where social grant beneficiaries can get their money.
South Africans will still be able to access their social grant payments from 30 March and all shelters are to remain functional during the nationwide lockdown.
According to the Department of Social Development, working conditions are difficult because it is hamstrung by a shortage of social workers, and now the global coronavirus pandemic.
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.
A 91-year-old woman is "totally distraught" after she tried to draw her pension money from her Sassa card and was told there were zero funds in her account.
80-year-old Nothembinkosi Nontsasa had to live off her old age pension in two crumbling one-roomed mud houses in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape, and her children could not get ID documents. But, finally, their wait is over.
In most cases grant offices don't have clear “grant policies” to guide their operations and the use of grants received, says Harris Andoh.
Our government has highlighted the importance of access to quality early stimulation, education and care for all children, and University of Johannesburg research is showing that this is becoming a reality for SA's children.
The narrative that women have children to get the social grants for them within the South African context is almost a carbon copy of its American counterpart. Both are fallacies, writes Mikhail Petersen.
Sassa beneficiaries have reportedly been left stranded after the Maitland Post Office was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has extended the hours during which public transport services are allowed to operate to accommodate social grant recipients.
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.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered Cash Paymaster Services to pay back an amount of R316m back to the South African Social Services Agency.
Cash Paymaster Services is adamant the South African Social Services Agency unduly benefited from a service for which they did not pay, OFM reports.
According to the latest estimates, nearly 7 million people in South Africa are unemployed.
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Psycho-educational intervention based family programmes, like pilot project Sihleng’imizi in Johannesburg, has proven to be beneficial for disadvantaged families, highlighting the gaps left by social grants.
A total of 44.3% of households in South Africa are receiving at least one social grant, up from 30.8% in 2003.
Sassa has warned that 24 506 beneficiaries in Gauteng stand to forfeit their payments this month.
The Department of Social Development is fast approaching a deadline to amend the foster care system so that families no longer have to go to court every two years to get their foster care grants extended.
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