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“That R350 was my last hope,” cries young person unable to access SASSA grant

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Some young people outside the SASSA head offices in Pretoria have told YNews that they have not received their R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant since November.

This as many beneficiaries, including students and pensioners, are yet to receive their grants due to technical errors and backlogs in the system.

YNews spoke with grant recipient, 19-year-old Ameer Boitumelo Khan, who says he’ll struggle to complete high school this year, if his grant does not pay out.

Despite his current circumstances, Khan has big dreams of circumnavigating the globe on his own yacht.

The Mamelodi local started receiving his SASSA R350 SRD grant in May.

The high-school student, whose father died earlier this year, had been relying on the money to pay his school transport fees.

The bubbly young man has described himself as quite the math-whizz.

He says his dreams have been placed on the back burner as a result of his grant not paying out.

Khan suggested that one way government can better care for unemployed youth and grant recipients, is to provide young job seekers with a grant of their own.

He also called on government to priorities young people in rural areas, while SASSA thoroughly interrogates what grant recipients are spending their money on. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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