Ins and outs of new SASSA card

THE South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) warns social grant beneficiaries not to be deceived in a new con about taking a certain bank card.

The fraudsters spread wrong information, claiming the SASSA card will not have money at the beginning of August.

“SASSA assures all social grant beneficiaries that the glitches experienced in the beginning of July have been resolved,” said SASSA Mpumalanga spokesman, Senzeni Ngubeni. “Beneficiaries’ grant money will be available on the new gold card as from 1 August.”

Beneficiaries are warned not to listen to people who give the wrong information regarding the new SASSA card and are urged to make enquiries by visiting their nearest SASSA office and at existing pay-point or nearby post offices.
The new SASSA card swap is only issued at pay-points, SASSA offices and South African Post Offices (SAPO). It has many benefits, which include:

  • The SASSA payment card has the South African flag on the left side, Mastercard logo on the right and bears the Sassa insignia at the top.
  • The card gives the beneficiary three free cash withdrawals at merchants and one free cash withdrawal per month from the post office.
  • One free ATM balance enquiry per month.
  • All swipes are free of charge and it is Eurocard, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) compliant which means it is accepted at all merchants and ATMs that display the Visa sign around the country.
  • No illegal deductions (only 10% deduction for funeral policies will be allowed on non-child grants endorsed by the grant beneficiary).

Beneficiaries are urged to visit any SASSA office, post office or pay points to get the new card, as the old SASSA card will be fully phased-out by 30 September.

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For more information contact the hotline number on 0800-60-10-11 weekdays between 8am and 4pm.

 

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