SASSA grant card swop dead­line end of this week

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Gugu Myeni

SO­CIAL grant ben­e­fi­cia­ries have un­til the end of next week to swop their old SASSA cards for the new gold one.

This comes as the South African Post Of­fice (SAPO) pre­pares to of­fi­cially take over grant pay­ments at the end of Septem­ber when the Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vices con­tract ex­pires.

‘So­cial grant ben­e­fi­cia­ries who have not changed to the new cards have been urged to do so with­out de­lay at any SASSA of­fice or Post Of­fice.

‘Peo­ple who took cards from other in­sti­tu­tions such as banks can also swop to the new card,’ the Post Of­fice said in a state­ment.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries can swop their cards at lo­cal SASSA of­fices or at Post Of­fices in Mbazwana, KwaMsane, eSikhaleni, Hlabisa, Richards Bay, eShowe and Em­pan­geni among oth­ers in the King Cetshwayo, uMkhanyakude and Zu­l­u­land dis­tricts.

To date new gold SASSA cards have been is­sued to 6,5 mil­lion grant re­cip­i­ents.

SAPO Chief Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer Lindiwe Kwele said the part­ner­ship be­tween the two en­ti­ties ben­e­fits mil­lions of ben­e­fi­cia­ries who will now be freed from prac­tices such as un­wanted de­duc­tions.

‘The new SASSA card is an im­prove­ment on the old card as it does not al­low de­duc­tions for things such as air­time, loans or pre­paid elec­tric­ity.

‘This new card also al­lows three free cash with­drawals at points of sale, one free with­drawal at the Post Of­fice per month, free swipes at points of sale and is ac­cepted by all ATMs dis­play­ing the VISA sign,’ the agency said.

The Post Of­fice is now in its fi­nal week of cash pay­ments to just over 300 000 so­cial grant re­cip­i­ents at 1 213 pay­ment points. These are in ar­eas that do not have a Post Of­fice within reach, or any national pay­ment in­fras­truc­ture points.

More than 200 000 of so­cial grants re­cip­i­ents in iso­lated ar­eas have al­ready been suc­cess­fully paid via SAPO’s mo­bile units, with the re­main­der due to be paid this week in line with SASSA’s pay­ment sched­ule.

Grant ben­e­fi­cia­ries queue at the Richards Bay Post Of­fice

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