Over 99 000 grant beneficiaries have yet to collect their new cards

2019-04-18 06:01
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Last December, SASSA completed their switch to a new gold card, effectively swapping over seven million old cards.

However, there are over 99 000 beneficiaries who have not yet presented themselves at a SASSA or Post Office to collect their new cards since then.

According to SASSA, two thirds of social grants go to the child support grant and it isn’t fair on the children for parents to fail to collect the new card because it results in innocent children bearing the brunt and lagging behind in physical and other forms of development created by proper nourishment.

“This is quite concerning, given the fact that failure to collect the new Sassa card on time is to deny yourself a constitutional right to social security,” said SASSA Acting CEO Abraham Mahlangu.

“We once more urge our beneficiaries to visit our offices and collect their cards so that they can be able to provide for their families and especially children.”

Sassa said if social grant beneficiaries are not collected in three successive months it can be assumed that they have perhaps found a source of income.

Beneficiaries are requested to report to SASSA if their economic conditions change, so that their grants can be cancelled and SASSA can open access to other poor people on the waiting list.


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