Local Sassa offices reopen, launch electronic application platform

After being inundated with applications for the R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant, Sassa says it's going digital.

Local Sassa offices reopen, launch electronic application platform

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will, on Monday, reopen its offices in an attempt to clear the overwhelming backlog of grant applications and assist the country’s most vulnerable.

The Department of Social Development (DSD) confirmed that Sassa offices, which have been closed since the start of lockdown in late March, would reopen with a risk adjusted approach. The renewed strategy comes in the wake of fierce socioeconomic distress as a result of the nationwide lockdown.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, who is expected to brief the nation on the department’s response to COVID-19 on Monday morning, recently revealed that applications for the unique Social Relief of Distress Grant had overwhelmed Sassa’s systems. As a result, applications have been opened to email.

In addition, Sassa has begun trials with SMS and WhatsApp submissions. The vetting process — to determine whether applicants truly qualify for the grant — has proven to be a major stumbling block. The department, however, believes that it has managed to overcome earlier hurdles in time for the proposed launch date.

Long queues, tech glitches and limited social distancing

The DSD’s latest turnaround comes after a particularly disruptive payment period earlier in May. In addition to technical glitches which marred the grant payment process, beneficiaries complained of long queues and limited social distancing protocols.

The opening of local Sassa offices, which will be overseen by volunteers and DSD community workers, seeks to register beneficiaries on the payment system via an electronic method. According to the DSD:

“Once applications are approved, SASSA will request confirmation of banks accounts through a secure site – this will also be done electronically.

Payment will be effected through deposits made directly into an approved applicant’s bank account if they have one. Applicants without bank accounts can also apply and their payment will be effected through a money transfer.”

Sassa payments: Electronic platform

This new digital application system is expected to be launched on Monday, coinciding with the reopening of local Sassa offices. The DSD confirmed that only a third of Sassa staff would return to work to assist applicants. Furthermore, in order to limit crowds, offices will only deal with specific grants on certain days, as follows:

  • Monday and Tuesday: Old Age Grants
  • Wednesday and Thursday: Child Support Grants and Foster Care Grants
  • Friday: Administration for staff to attend to matters that flow over from previous days

Minister Zulu is expected to officially launch the new electronic platform, during a media briefing, at 10:00 on Monday morning.

To obtain the electronic form, applicants can e-mail SRD@sassa.gov.za.

Source : The South African More   

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Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 11 May, 2020

Wondering what the day has in store for your star sign? Here's a quick glance at horoscopes and more for today - completely free!

Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 11 May, 2020

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Louis Farrakhan, Jonathan Jackson, Salvador Dali, Irving Berlin, Randy Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Martha Quinn, Denver Pyle, Mort Sahl, Foster Brooks.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s a day to be a little more understanding in the face of a possible minor disagreement. Bear in mind that what you want and what someone else wants might not match. Checking someone’s feelings isn’t likely to do much harm at all. Besides; there’s a chance that the ‘problem’ is actually a false perception!

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The best of intentions can sometimes go a little awry. It may be that you communicate a genuine offer of help or suggestion of assistance in a clumsy way. Someone may well interpret this as indirect criticism. Your best strategy may be to check first whether someone wants any feedback!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A string of lunar aspects are likely to cause you a little stress. While you’ll be keen to see an ongoing matter resolved quickly, it’s possible that somebody would rather take it more slowly. Additionally, circumstances may not pan out in your favor today. It may be best to accept the day’s limits!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s a day where you are likely to be a little too subtle and perhaps a little too evasive. Direct and blunt responses may simply be beyond you, for today. Avoid getting into any deep heart-to-hearts, especially where the subject is focused around practical or material matters!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A general lack of objectivity may well impact temporarily on imminent decisions. It may be best to give the more important ones as much time as possible. That said; take care, because this same tentative vibe could hold you back, by drawing out a particular matter long after it should be concluded!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This is a day where sound judgment and common sense are likely to be tinged with a general element of bias. Make sure that you’re certain of any and all facts before addressing ongoing issues and problems, especially if you’re interacting with work- colleagues!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): There may be a tendency to overreact or adopt a rather pessimistic outlook today, thanks to the watery lunar influences. Even though you’ll have the best intentions, you may not be inclined to pause and think. In addition; subjective responses may lead to less than wise decisions when it comes to personal resources!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There’s a slight surge of determination when it comes to personal issues and possibly proving a point. You may feel that it’s the right time to assert yourself with regard to one specific matter. However; first you may need to gauge the accuracy and/or reliability of the apparent root cause of this!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There’s a touch of pessimism in the string of watery influences and there’s a trace of reluctance to push yourself forward too. Running alongside this is a marginally obstructive presence, particularly when it comes to seemingly objective decisions. As with others, delay what you can!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The prickly lunar aspects will perhaps be a little misguiding. They may blur the line between offering advice and dispensing criticism, or they may have you crossing that line completely. A desire to be in control may need to be curbed before it gives way to some unnecessary tensions!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Communications could be a little unreliable in terms of marginally unlucky timing and possible delays. That said; an ability to respond quickly to minor setbacks should be enough to make the right impression. This overall vibe is not likely to benefit romance, though!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s possible that you’ll come up against a couple of obstacles in the course of the day, thanks to incoming information. An optimistic frame of mind will put them into perspective, but this may not be easy to generate. Focus your thoughts on what is likely to go right!

FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY: Happy Birthday! The months ahead indicate a period of significant personal growth that may well lead to some surprising changes of direction both emotionally and in terms of your long term goals. The planetary influences are turning your attention to issues affecting society as a whole over the next few months and you may find yourself drawn to some kind of voluntary activity. Your finances will need extra attention during the summer, but a sensible head will keep everything nicely under control. Romantic matters are especially well favored in the second half of the year. You may be surprised by a change in your feelings around this time, but trust your heart, as only it knows what you really yearn for in a relationship!

CELEBRITY GOSSIP: Gwen Stefani seems to be in the middle of a very successful come- back and the movement of the planets continues to work in her favour. According to her astrological chart the second half of the year could be extraordinarily profitable for her!

Today’s lucky numbers

ARIES  5, 13, 24, 28, 32, 41

TAURUS  9, 17, 20, 32, 38, 42

GEMINI  7, 12, 26, 30, 34, 48

CANCER  1, 5, 13, 21, 32, 47

LEO  6, 14, 22, 27, 35, 43

VIRGO  9, 13, 17, 25, 32, 48

LIBRA  6, 11, 20, 32, 38, 46

SCORPIO  4, 19, 21, 30, 35, 43

SAGITTARIUS  7, 13, 20, 26, 34, 48

CAPRICORN  1, 8, 17, 25, 32, 46

AQUARIUS  9, 16, 24, 27, 33, 45

PISCES  3, 8, 14, 20, 32, 48

TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB: Misfortune conquers timid souls while great minds subdue misfortune.

TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: Love conquers all. – Virgil.

TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD: There is one who kisses, and the other who offers a cheek. – French proverb.

Source : The South African More   

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