AMID constant controversy surrounding Sassa, the agency has told social grant beneficiaries to rest assured that their monthly payment will not be affected. Sassa spokesperson Kgomoco Diseko said on Tuesday that the procurement process for a new payment contractor had begun and would be “concluded soon”.The agency reportedly launched the tender process for a replacement of current illegal contractors Cash Payment Services (CPS) in July following a 2014 constitutional court ruling. Delays in CPS’s replacement drew media attention with fears that grant beneficiaries would not receive their payments, however, Diseko said these reports were “fake”.“Grant payments won’t be affected at all because the transition is going to be a smooth one. “Sassa has put safeguards in the process to ensure there are no interruptions of service delivery.”He said beneficiaries would be informed of the processes to follow when updating their payment cards. “Towards the end of the year, social grant beneficiaries will be informed via registered post and all forms of media and the process to be followed when updating their payment cards. “They should ignore fake media reports doing the rounds, which claim that they must replace their cards now,” said Diseko.