More Sassa regulations on the way

By Drum Digital
23 July 2014

Software machine that will ensure that Sassa cards are no longer usable in bottle stores.

The National Social Development department is investigating a software machine that will ensure that Sassa cards are no longer usable in bottle stores.

Currently the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) cards can be swiped at major retailers and any shop that uses a Saswitch machine including liquor stores.

Speaking exclusively to DRUM, minister Bathabile Dlamini said this plan was part of a bigger program aimed at eradicating poverty and creating employment.  “We need to continue working on ensuring that grant money is used to better the lives of our people,” she said.

She added that it was also important to encourage economic activity in rural villages.  “Supporting local entrepreneurs would help grant earners greatly. Many have only that money for survival, yet they stay far from shops and are at times forced to use that money on transport to go get food, “ she says.

“We have also found many families closed down family businesses and we need to encourage entrepreneurial space in those areas because the more we encourage local entrepreneurs through programs, they are more likely to hire people in the area,” she added.

The minister added that farmers in rural areas suffer because of lack of business locally. “This means that we need to continue looking into issues of security and land affairs , the Fetsa Tlala program to encourage food for all communities,” she said.

-THEMBISILE MAKGALEMELE

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