Sassa pleased with payments

2017-04-05 06:04

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in the Free State says payments of grants are on track and is certain of reaching 989 754 beneficiaries.

Sandy Godlwana, communication and marketing manager, says grant payments have proceeded smoothly since Friday (31/03). She says payments were done through ATMs and merchants and that 297 596 beneficiaries withdrew their money. She also says that grant payments were done at the usual community pay points, adding that this will continue up until 20 April.

“Sassa pay points operate as normal and recipients are encouraged to go on their respective days and respective pay points as indicated on the slips they received last month,” she says.

Godlwana says social grants will not be paid on 14 April on Good Friday and 17 April on Easter Monday.

She says three unfortunate incidents were reported in the Free State last Saturday (01/04) in Bloemfontein and Botshabelo. She says in Bloemfontein a beneficiary was robbed of his card in Rocklands and R800 was withdrawn in the process. The second incident was recorded in Navalsig where the beneficiary had his card swallowed by an ATM.

“The suspicion is that he had forgotten his pin number and made several attempts, after which the card was swallowed.”

Godlwana says both affected persons have been assisted with parcels. She says the incident in Botshabelo involves a robbery at a supermarket where money was reported as stolen.

“No people were injured and clients had to be directed to other merchants.”

Godlwana says teams of managers from Sassa have been deployed at all the five districts in the Free State to assist and ensure smooth running of payments of grants.

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