Sassa and Post Office team up to pay grants

2018-03-14 06:00

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo) have announced that they are ready to commence the payment of social grants to more than 5,7 million beneficiaries. The process will be in effect from 1 April.

The process will take effect from 1 April. After testing the system, the two entities announced their state of readiness in a joint statement on Thursday (08/03).

“We are pleased to announce a significant state of readiness for Sapo to commence payments andassure South Africans that social grants will be paid from 1 April,” said Pearl Bhengu.

According to Pearl Bhengu, acting Sassa chief executive officer, Sassa implemented a pilot project in January to make direct payments into commercial bank accounts – and this has gone well so far.

“Testing for direct payments to beneficiaries, who receive money through the Sassa payment card, was done for 100 000 beneficiaries for the payment period in March,” said Bhengu.

Beneficiaries who want their grants paid directly into their bank accounts can complete a request form available on, at any Sapo outlet or at a Sassa office. The agency reiterated that all Sassa cards will continue to work.

“Beneficiaries using the old Sassa card may continue to do so until 30 September. We will soon introduce the new Sassa cards via the Post Office and beneficiaries will be informed about the process to be followed,” said Bhengu.

The new card will be progressively introduced over the period from April to 30 September 2018, when it is expected that the current Sassa card will no longer be in circulation at all.

Furthermore, Bhengu has strongly advised beneficiaries to not take offering from anybody of alternative card. For clarity on this matter, bBeneficiaries may dial 0800-601-011 or visit the nearest Sassa office.


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