NATIONAL NEWS - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will start its December payment cycle earlier than other months. In a press release, Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi says the December payment of social grants will start from 28 November, and this applies to beneficiaries who collect their money from ATMs and stores.
Beneficiaries who receive their payments in cash at Sassa pay points will receive their December grants from 2 December on the specific days communicated to them during their last payment.
The January social grants will be available from 31 December, due to the fact that 1 January 2020 is a public holiday.
The early December payment should not be seen as a bonus or double payment, as it is mainly intended for the convenience of beneficiaries. Sassa does not pay a bonus at all and beneficiaries are paid for twelve months only per year.
Sassa urges beneficiaries to protect their pins and avoid giving strangers their ID numbers, even if they claim to be coming from Sassa, because the pin is a beneficiary's secret.
Sassa offices, its toll-free line and its social media pages are the only sources that will provide correct and accurate information. Beneficiaries are advised to call Sassa toll free on 0800 60 10 11 if they doubt something or want to report anything.
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