Sassa payments to continue

2018-06-13 06:01

Cabinet has reassured beneficiaries of social grants that they will continue to receive grants as mandated by the Constitution of 1996 of the Republic of South Africa.

Assurance comes in the wake of recent SMSs directing social-grant beneficiaries to reregister for their social grants to avoid not being paid.

In a statement issued on Monday (11/06), cabinet stated that social grants will continue to be paid and the process to replace the old South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) card with the new one will conti­nue until the end of September 2018.

“The partnership between Sassa and the South African Post Office is yielding positive results as more beneficiaries have been coming forward to swap their cards since May 2018.”

Cabinet has urged members of the community to ignore recent SMSs directing social grant beneficiaries to reregister for their social grants to avoid not being paid.

“Such misleading messages seek to create confusion amongst the poor and derail government from
ensuring that social grants are seamlessly paid to beneficiaries without failure.

“Cabinet reassures beneficiaries of social grants that government will continue providing this important service, as mandated by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996.”

Sassa has expressed concern at the increasing number of fake SMSs being circulated to beneficiaries.

After a recent incident, the agency stated it received reports that beneficiaries received an SMS instructing them to reregister their social grants because cash pay points would be fully phased-out by August 2018, which is not true.

Cabinet has expressed satisfaction with progress made by Sassa to implement a new hybrid model payment, adding that there will be no disruption to the payment of social grants.

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