The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has made a clarion call to beneficiaries in the Free State receiving state grants to urgently exchange their old Sassa card for the new Sassa gold card. This follows findings that there are still 28 143 beneficiaries using the old card.Sandy Godlwana, Sassa’s provincial spokesperson, said beneficiaries have until the end of November to do the exchange.“Sassa and the South African Post Office (Sapo) are working to migrate these beneficiaries to the new Sassa gold card,” said Godlwana. “This is done through the nationwide communication strategy, which uses a variety of communication platforms to reach all social grant beneficiaries.”Godlwana said in the Free State the highest number of beneficiaries still utilising the old card were in Welkom, Bloemfontein, Qwaqwa, Sasolburg, Kroonstad, Bethlehem, Ficksburg, Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu, Smithfield, Jagersfontein and Trompsburg. “We also warn beneficiaries that soon Sassa will no longer make any social grant payments to those using old cards. “Affected beneficiaries must visit their nearest Sassa office or South African Post Office to do a card swap.” Exchange old card this way To exchange the old card for the new gold card, beneficiaries are advised to bring their ID document and the old card with them.“The process takes less than five minutes,” said Godlwana. “Anyone who does not swap the old card for the new gold card will not be able to get cash, starting January 2019.“November 2018 is the deadline for all beneficiaries to obtain the new gold card. There will be no extension.” Beware of fake news Beneficiaries are warned to ignore tempting SMSs and WhatsApp messages claiming that Sassa and some retailers are offering vouchers for unemployed people. “This is fake news generated by criminals who want to defraud unsuspecting beneficiaries this festive season,” said Godlwana. Collect grant for December Grants for December will be made available from as early as 28 November at Post Offices, stores and ATMs. Cash pay points will, however, start paying from Monday, 3 December.