Sassa card swop this weekend
SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) cardholders who are still using the old card, which will be fully phased-out by 30 September this year, should swop their old card for a new one this weekend at dedicated venues throughout the Western Cape.
But Knysna and Plettenberg Bay residents will travel to venues in George over the weekend, as local offices will cater to residents during this specific blitz, said Marti Gilchrist, communications officer at the Post Office.
“Residents of these areas can still do a card swop during office hours on weekdays, as well as Saturday mornings at the Post Office. A dedicated weekend will be announced in the coming weeks,” she said.
20 dedicated venues
Beneficiaries who receive their grant in a bank account do not need a card swop.
Post Office and Sassa employees will be on duty in more than 20 dedicated venues throughout the province on Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 June from 08:00 to 13:00 in a card swop blitz.
Offices in the Eden Karoo are limited to Thembalethu Thusong Centre, George, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay Thusong Centre.
The Post Office advises Sassa beneficiaries to take advantage of these extended operating periods over weekends and swop their cards before the end of August to avoid a last-inute rush.
‘Very swift process’
“We have deployed resources throughout the country to ensure that as many people as possible are put onto the new Sassa cards before the end of August. As a result, people should not leave it to the last minute to swop their cards. It takes approximately three minutes to be issued with a new card once you reach the card issue desk on site, so it is a very swift process”, says Post Office chief operating officer Lindiwe Kwele. The new SASSA card is issued by the Post Office’s Postbank and it has been specifically designed to prevent challenges with the illegal deductions that left many beneficiaries out of pocket in the past years. The only deductions that will be allowed on the new Sassa card will be for funeral policies on non-child grants, which should also not be more than 10% of the total grant.
The Post Office says beneficiaries will not be charged R10 per month, or any such “service fee”, when using the new Sassa card, so a person gets their grant in full. – Supplied