No il­le­gal de­duc­tions on new SASSA card

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

The new South African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency (SASSA) gold card does not al­low for il­le­gal de­duc­tions and fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions to take place, said the In­ter Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee (IMC) on Com­pre­hen­sive So­cial Se­cu­rity said re­cently.

“The card is de­signed to pro­tect so­cial grant ben­e­fi­cia­ries from il­le­gal de­duc­tions for things such as elec­tric­ity, air­time and loans. The only de­duc­tions per­mit­ted on the new gold SASSA card will be for fu­neral poli­cies on non-child grants, which should also not be more than ten per­cent of the to­tal grant,” said the IMC in a state­ment read by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane.

With this card ben­e­fi­cia­ries can make three free cash with­drawals from any par­tic­i­pat­ing mer­chant such as Sho­prite and Boxer one free over the counter cash with­drawal at the Post Of­fice, free swipes pur­chase pay­ments at all mer­chants and one free ATM bal­ance en­quiry per month to men­tion a few.

“The new SASSA gold card is eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able. It is gold in colour and has the coun­try’s coat of arms on the right hand side as well as the let­ters ‘SASSA’ in­scribed on the left. The new SASSA gold card of­fers so­cial grants ben­e­fi­cia­ries’ real ben­e­fits which those who have mi­grated to it are al­ready en­joy­ing.”

Gov­ern­ment urges all so­cial grants ben­e­fi­cia­ries to ex­er­cise their choice of a grant pay­ment method care­fully and to choose to re­ceive their grants through a method that will not re­sult in their own ex­ploita­tion.

“We wish to re­it­er­ate as well that the old white SASSA/CPS card will be com­pletely phased out by the end of Septem­ber 2018. It will no longer be in use hence we call on peo­ple who still have the old card to mi­grate to the new gold card is­sued by the Post Of­fice.”

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