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Sassa warned beneficiaries that there would be no extension to the deadline

The new and old Sassa cards are seen side by side. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency (ANA)

THOUSANDS of social grant beneficiaries in Kimberley and the Northern Cape who have not yet swopped their old Sassa card for the new gold one might not get their grants in January next year.

Spokesperson for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in the Northern Cape, Inno Khunou, said recently that there were 19 965 beneficiaries in the Province who still needed to obtain their new cards.

“These are beneficiaries who are still drawing their social grant at an ATM using the white Sassa card,” Khunou said.

“The number is going down but very slowly as the beneficiaries are not coming forward. This is a concern because they need to have the card swopped by December 14 2018. Otherwise Sassa will not be able to pay their January 2019 grants if they are still holding on to their white cards.”

Khunou added that the agency was contacting the beneficiaries electronically.

Sassa yesterday warned beneficiaries that there would be no extension to the deadline.

The agency said that while significant progress had been made in migrating beneficiaries of social grants from the old Sassa cards to the new gold cards, it was concerned that some beneficiaries were still holding on to the old cards, which had reached their expiry date, and were not swopping them for the new cards.

“The danger of holding on to the old card is that affected beneficiaries risk losing their benefits. We also wish to warn beneficiaries that soon we will no longer make any social grant payments into these old cards. For this reason, affected beneficiaries have to visit the nearest Sassa or post office to do a card swop,” acting Sassa CEO Abraham Mahlangu said yesterday.

Mahlangu said individual letters had also been sent to beneficiaries as part of government’s mass communication campaign.

According to Sassa, just over half a million out of about
10.9 million beneficiaries nationally are still in possession of the old Sassa cards.

Mahlangu said Sassa and the South African Post Office (Sapo) were working tirelessly to migrate the remaining beneficiaries to the new gold Sassa card.

“This is done through the nationwide government communication strategy, which uses a variety of communication platforms in order to reach all social grant beneficiaries.”

Mahlangu said the agency had complied with the instructions of the Constitutional Court, particularly in ensuring that Sassa gets rid of any contractual ties with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

Beneficiaries who are still in possession of the old card can do a card swop at their nearest Sassa or post office. They have to bring along their ID and the old card so that they can be issued with the new one. The process takes less than five minutes.

Mahlangu meanwhile also urged beneficiaries to ignore SMSs and WhatsApp messages claiming that Sassa and some retailers were offering vouchers to unemployed people.

“This is fake news generated by criminals who want to defraud unsuspecting beneficiaries this festive season. Social grants for December will be made available from as early as November 28 2018 at post offices, stores and ATMs to avoid the December rush. Cash paypoints will, however, start paying from December 3,” Mahlangu explained.

Beneficiaries seeking more clarity should call Sassa toll free on 0800 60 10 11 or visit Sassa news on Facebook and alternatively

www.sassa.gov.za.