Sassa to the res­cue

Of­fi­cials as­sist pen­sion­ers with new cards

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - DES­MOND COET­ZEE

SOUTH African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency (Sassa) of­fi­cials braved stormy winds and in­clement weather in or­der to as­sist peo­ple af­ter taking their of­fice to Dim­baza and Brei­d­bach in King Wil­liam’s Town last Fri­day and again on Tuesday.

In­for­ma­tion on all gov­ern­men­tal grant ben­e­fi­cia­ries was col­lected and down­loaded onto the sys­tem, al­low­ing for the im­me­di­ate is­su­ing of new Sassa cards to res­i­dents.

Sassa district of­fi­cial Al­lis­taire Ja­cobs told the pen­sion­ers it was im­per­a­tive to change to the new card in or­der to curb fraud since there were many fraud­u­lent cards do­ing the rounds.

South African Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) Ward 44 branch was in­stru­men­tal in as­sist­ing Sassa by mo­bi­liz­ing com­mu­ni­ties from all ar­eas to the com­mu­nity hall.

Sanco sec­re­tary Stacey Gosling said that, af­ter pleas from nu­mer­ous res­i­dents in the ward that have been neg­a­tively af­fected by the gov­ern­ment grant pay-outs over the past months, she has ar­ranged with the district of­fices to as­sist in the mat­ter.

“Peo­ple from Acorn Val­ley, Qalashe, Siy­ath­emba, Tshat­shu, Sweet­wa­ters and Brei­d­bach en­coun­tered prob­lems with ob­tain­ing their grant, such as some only re­ceiv­ing half of it or hav­ing mony de­ducted, so we acted on their be­half and li­aised with the district of­fice,” Gosling said.

“They were help­ful and im­me­di­ately gave us the guar­an­tee to bring the of­fice to our area.”

Res­i­dents ap­pre­ci­ated the ges­ture by the depart­ment of­fi­cials in bring­ing the of­fices to their doorstep. Sanco was also com­mended for the stir­ling job they are do­ing.

Wheel­chair-bound Qalashe res­i­dent Ge­orge Jurie said: “I ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that Sassa is com­ing to us. I couldn’t imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it would be for me in go­ing to them.”

Al­fred Cox, 63, also has difficulty walk­ing af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke a cou­ple of years ago and shared the same sen­ti­ments.

“I re­ally thank Sanco for fight­ing the chal­lenges we are fac­ing and also the depart­ment of­fi­cials for com­ing to our ar­eas,” said Cox.

Pic­ture: DES­MOND COET­ZEE

AT YOUR SER­VICE: Sassa of­fi­cial Si­nayo Nqokoqa as­sists pen­sion­ers at the Brei­d­bach com­mu­nity hall on Tuesday

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