SOUTH Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant recipients who still use the old Sassa card must note that these cards will expire on December 31 this year. Sassa will not be able to deposit any payments for January into these cards.Beneficiaries who are still using the old white Sassa card must therefore get the new gold Sassa card as soon as possible, but no later than December 15. According to Sassa, there are approximately 500 000 beneficiaries nationally who have not yet switched to the new gold Sassa card.Getting the new gold Sassa card is simple. Visit any Post Office branch and present an identity document — you will be issued with the new card within minutes.The new Sassa card can also be obtained at Sassa offices nationwide. Special arrangements can be made for disabled beneficiaries who cannot visit a post office. These beneficiaries (or their relatives) should call the toll-free number 0800 60 10 11 to arrange for a home visit.The new gold card offers one free cash withdrawal per month over a Post Office counter and unlimited free swipes at all retailers to pay for purchases.It is necessary to use your PIN when swiping your card at a retailer, but the Post Office also caters for beneficiaries who are not comfortable using a PIN. These beneficiaries can present their ID document to make a withdrawal inside the Post Office branch using biometric authentication instead of a PIN to withdraw funds.The partnership between the South African Post Office (Sapo) and Sassa has freed millions of social grants beneficiaries from unauthorised and unwanted deductions, as the new gold Sassa card does not allow any illegal deductions. — Supplied.