Is the SASSA R700 Grant Real?

Recently a fake advertisement has been circulating claiming that SASSA will be providing an additional R700 grant. This ad is false and the R700 SASSA grant does not exist.

SASSA has confirmed that the advertisement is fraudulent and they do not offer any additional grant types beyond the existing ones. Let’s explore the facts around this hoax and the real SASSA grants available.

The Fake R700 SASSA Grant Advert Explained

The fraudulent advert stated that SASSA would be issuing a new R700 grant to South Africans. However, this is completely untrue according to SASSA representatives.

The agency has officially declared that the advert is fake and not an authorized communication from SASSA. They warned citizens to beware of such false social media posts regarding grant payments.

This clarification indicates that the advertised R700 SASSA grant does not actually exist. The public announcement was a hoax designed to mislead citizens. SASSA has not introduced or approved any additional R700 grant program.

Official Statement from SASSA on the Fake R700 Grant

SASSA provided this statement in response to the fake advert regarding the R700 grant:

“No additional grant type is offered apart from the ones announced by Sassa.”

This confirms that the R700 SASSA grant mentioned in the fraudulent post is not real or being offered by the agency. The public should disregard this falsified information.

Legitimate SASSA Grants Available

While the R700 grant is fake, SASSA does provide other legitimate grant payments that South Africans may qualify for, including:

  • Older Person’s Grant
  • Child Support Grant
  • Care Dependency Grant
  • Grant-in-Aid
  • War Veteran’s Grant
  • Foster Child Grant
  • Disability Grant

These existing grants are the only ones administered by SASSA. The agency emphasizes that any other grant types advertised, such as the hoax R700 grant, are false.

The Temporary COVID-19 SRD Grant

The COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is the only additional grant that SASSA introduced in recent years.

This temporary grant provides R350 per month to assist citizens negatively impacted by the pandemic. The SRD grant has been extended to March 2024 but remains at R350, unlike the fictional R700 grant.

In summary, SASSA has not introduced any new R700 grant program. The only valid grants remain the original social grants, along with the temporary COVID-19 SRD assistance. The agency has debunked the fake advert as a hoax and warned citizens accordingly.

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