SASSA launches online grant application portal

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) launched an online grants application portal that will initially cover child support, older persons, and foster child grants. This is expected to ease the process for applicants who often have to stand in line as they pursue processing of their applications. The self service portal is also mobile accessible and is expected to have a turn around time of 10 days. Opposition leaders welcomed the new system, advising SASSA to ensure its robustness so as to protect grantees and offer meaningful service to beneficiaries.