Beneficiaries urged to react

2019-04-03 06:01

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in the Free State has advised social grant beneficiaries to sign funeral insurance mandates.

Approximately 346 beneficiaries in the province are yet to complete forms and to sign.

Sandy Nolwazi Godlwana, provincial Sassa spokesperson, said beneficiaries with a funeral deduction co­ming off their social grant had to visit the nearest Sassa office.

She said the process was to ensure bene­ficiaries retained their policies.

“Social grant bene­ficiaries have to request Sassa to facilitate the payment of premiums for their funeral policies directly from their social grant.

“This is on condition that the request meets the requirements as set in the Social Assistance Act,” said Godlwana.

“The 346 Free State beneficiaries with these policies still need to visit Sassa offices to complete forms confirming that Sassa can continue processing this deduction off their social grant.”

A funeral policy premium is the only deduction that can come off a social grant before the grant is paid to the beneficiary.

“Beneficiaries with current deductions for funeral policy premiums are urged to respond without further delay to ensure that their funeral policies remain intact.

“Failure to sign the authorising forms may lead to Sassa termi­nating the deductions and result in the policy lapsing as a result of failure to pay it.

“If the premium is not paid consistently, the insurer may refuse to pay a claim in the event of the death of a bene­ficiary.

“This will cause extreme hardship to their families.

“This affects only those beneficiaries who have funeral policy premiums deducted from their social grant,” said Godlwana.

Beneficiaries without such deductions are advised to approach Sassa for this purpose.

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