Sas­sa card swop this wee­kend

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus -

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

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