NATIONAL NEWS - The old white Sassa cards will be fully phased out by the end of September and beneficiaries are urged to swap to the new gold card before 20 September 2018 to make sure their grants are paid into the new card.
There are more than 14 000 beneficiaries in the Western Cape who still uses the old card.
The grant payment computer closes on the 20th of the month. If your grant is paid into the old Sassa card after 20 September, your money will have to be transferred from CPS to Postbank. That will delay payment of your grant.
Some post offices in the Western Cape can also do card swaps (list attached) and Sassa beneficiaries are invited to come swap their cards during business hours.
“It takes on average only four minutes to complete the swap. All you need is your old Sassa card and an ID book or card,” says Sapo’s chief operating officer Lindiwe Kwele.
The new Sassa card is an improvement on the old card and it does not allow deductions for things such as airtime, loans or prepaid electricity, among other things. The only deduction permitted is for funeral policies, up to no more than 10 percent of the grant value.
The benefits of the new card include;
- Three free cash withdrawals at points of sale,
- One free withdrawal at the post office a month,
- Free swipes at points of sale, and
- One free ATM balance inquiry per month. It is accepted by all ATMs displaying the Visa sign.
Beneficiaries who prefer to have their grant paid into their bank account, can fill in an annexure C form, at www.postoffice.co.za, ask their bank to stamp it and then hand it in at their nearest Sassa office.
For more information, beneficiaries may contact the Sassa toll-free line 0800 60 10 11 or the Western Cape call centre 021 469 0253 or visit the nearest Sassa office
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