The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it is concerned that a high number of applications for Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will put a strain on its systems.
It says hundreds of thousands of South Africans have already registered for the R350 grant.Applications for the grant opened on Friday morning.
People who have no income and do not receive any other government support are eligible to apply.
R26.7 billion has been set aside for the grant.“From this morning we experienced a large number of applicants.
Like we’re having about 2 000 applicants per minute, which brought some stress into the system.
However, the applications are still going through. We are monitoring the system together with our IT section.
Today is not the first and the last day, they have until month end to make an application,” says SASSA Head of Communications Paseka Letsatsi.
Meanwhile, SASSA says it is investigating other platforms for people to use to apply for the grant.
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