Matat viewpoint

2017-10-06 06:00

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MATAT2PONT GROWS FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Once again bike lovers were treated to a spectacular show on Friday when bikers from all over the world took off on the Enduro motorbike ride.

The event, which attracts thousands of spectators and viewers of the live broadcasts on social media, was founded by Dean Riley and Ben Scheepers­ in 2015.

With a charity element attached to it, through a community project called S.H.O.E.S, the teams collect second-hand clothes and shoes for underprivileged communities and distribute them along the route.

Matat2Pont is a gruelling three-day adventure, and the long weekend saw our charity heroes negotiate the mountainous region of the Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal to Kokstad.

On day two riders started from Kokstad and proceeded to Harding, which entailed undulating hills, valleys and river crossings with spectacular scenery.

The bikers went down the coast through Bongwana, finally ending off by crossing the Umtamvuna River over our infamous floating bridge. The municipality is enthusiastic about this initiative as it boosts the local economy and markets Matatiele. This year Matat­ hosted riders from Dubai and United Kingdom, among others.

SASSA CARD SCAM - BE CAUTIOUS­

Following a number of enquiries from social grant beneficiaries about the expiry of the SASSA card, beneficiaries are reminded to keep using their current SASSA card. The cards will not expire in December 2017 - they will work beyond the expiry date.

Grant beneficiaries are requested to continue using their SASSA cards until an official announcement is made.

SASSA has received complaints from social grant beneficiaries about companies offering them financial service products under the pretext that they are working with, or are endorsed by, SASSA.

SASSA does not have any relationship with, nor does it endorse any company that offers financial products such as microloans, cellphone airtime, insurance products including life funeral cover and clothing accounts.

According to regulations, SASSA is not allowed to make any deductions from beneficiaries. The social assistance legislation stipulates that SASSA can only deduct a maximum of 10% for funeral policies.

For this reason SASSA is calling on all social grant beneficiaries to be cautious­ of callers claiming to be SASSA­ officials.

“The caller requests confidential information such as identity numbers, card numbers and PIN numbers.”

SASSA card holders are advised not to divulge such confidential information over the phone, especially the PIN number, which should, under no circumstances, be given to anyone, not even to a SASSA official.

Victims of unlawful deductions should visit their nearest SASSA office where staff will assist with completion of necessary forms.

For assistance call the SASSA Call Centre Toll-free number on 0800 60 10 11 or the SASSA Eastern Cape Regional Office Customer Care Unit: 043 707 6335.

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