Get your new SASSA card now

2018-09-20 06:01

Time is running out for beneficiaries to swap the old white card for the new gold SASSA card, the South African Post Office (SAPO) says in a statement.

So, are you or someone you know a SASSA beneficiary?

The old card will be fully phased out by the end of September and beneficiaries are urged to swap over to the new gold card before today, Thursday 20 September, to ensure their grants are paid into the new card, the SAPO statement reads.

“There are more than 14 000 beneficiaries in the Western Cape who still use the old card,” it points out. “The grant payment computer closes on 20 September. 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.”

According to the statement, some post offices in the Western Cape can also do card swaps and SASSA beneficiaries are invited to go and swap their cards during business hours.

Post offices in the Helderberg are Strand, Strand East, Somerset West, Somerset Mall and Gordon’s Bay.

“It takes on average only four minutes to complete the swap,” says SAPO’s COO, Lindiwe Kwele. “All you need is your old SASSA card and an ID book or card.”

The new card is an improvement on the old card, and does not allow deductions for things such as airtime, loans or prepaid electricity.

“The only deduction permitted is for funeral policies, up to no more than 10% of the grant value,” the statement says. “The benefits of the new card include three free cash withdrawals at points of sale, one free withdrawal at the post office per 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.”

Those who prefer their grant to be paid into their bank account can fill in an Annexure C form available at www.postoffice.co.za.

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