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‘SASSA Status Check’ Tops Google Searches In South Africa In 2021

Google has made it a tradition to track what their users are searching the most on the internet in order to improve their services and that of advertisers. Part of this year's reports that were released, it has revealed that 'Sassa Status Check' has made it as the most searched term in Africa. This is a clear reflection that a lot of people are depending on this money and have been badly hit by the pandemic and unemployment. Join as as we unpack more of the story below.

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https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/technology/just-google-it-sassa-tops-the-trend-in-scramble-to-make-ends-meet-23c11232-de63-4aba-aaea-68d3c217dd33

Based on the report which was released by Google on Wednesday it has indicated that the number of people that searched for the Social Relief Of Distress Grants website have increased this year when compared to the previous year. There are different categories in this list and the popular series by Netflix titled Squid Games has also made it as the most searched term. It was then followed by the undying live of sports that South Africans have, especially for the Euro 2020 games.

Trending General Searches (Top 5)

SASSA Status Check

Euro 2020

Premier League (Euro 2020)

Shona Ferguson

Premier Soccer League

As you can see from the list above, it's a clear indication that we are living in very difficult times. The unemployment rate peaks at more than 32,6% according to StatsSA and its expected to increase as more businesses suffer from lockdowns. The July unrest that took place in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has also been a major contributor in increasing these numbers.

OPINION

Amid this, there are some people which have been unfairly rejected by SASSA stating reasons that they are receiving an income or registered with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. These are some of the problems which contribute to the outrage of people when left unattended. Those that have opted to receive their grants using cash send have been waiting for over 4 months now.

When you ask SASSA, they keep on saying that they are still waiting for the Treasury to approve this payment method before they can start administering the grants. Have you also been affected by any of the aforementioned problems? Let's engage on the comments section below, we'd love to hear from you. 

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