“These have been earmarked to register at the post office for counter service assistance going forward"
THE SOUTH African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been working around the clock in partnership with the South African Post Office (Sapo) to swop the old white social grant beneficiary cards to the new gold card.
Sassa provincial spokesperson, Inno Khunou, said that the majority of social grant beneficiaries have already converted to the new card and have been brought onto the new Sassa and Sapo payment system.
“About 98% of social grant beneficiaries in the Northern Cape had, by the end of the September payment cycle, already come forward to swop the old white Sassa card for the new gold one. There are still about 600 beneficiaries using the CPS biometric method of cash withdrawal at paypoints and community halls.
“These have been earmarked to register at the post office for counter service assistance going forward.
“The new gold Sassa card is the recom-mended method of payment, although beneficiaries also have the option to have their grants paid into their private bank accounts. In the last month, Sassa has been involved in the total phasing out of the old white Sassa card.”
Khunou said that the old card was being replaced as the contract between Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and Sassa ends this month.
“The cash payment contract between Sassa and Cash Paymaster Services will cease to exist at the end of September 2018 after the Constitutional Court ruling that the contract was invalid and must therefore be terminated.
“All those beneficiaries who make use of the recommended National Payment System channels such as supermarkets, post offices and ATMs have experienced no system or any other challenges during the September payment cycle.”
She added that staff had been deployed to assist beneficiaries through the process.
“Visible Sassa-branded and well-trained staff have been deployed to post office outlets, ATMs and selected supermarkets to provide support to beneficiaries and relevant information for those requiring assistance. There is also ongoing media and community engagement sessions to ensure a seamless transition during the change.”