THE South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) continues to receive queries about the expiry date of its payment cards and the implications thereof from beneficiaries of social grants. The expiry date reflected on the current SASSA card is December this year. SASSA said in a recent media statement that it wishes to put it on record that no beneficiary of social grants will be affected by this expiry date. According to the media statement, SASSA is in a planning phase regarding the future payment of social grants once the contract with the current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), comes to an end in March next year. As soon as final plans are in place, beneficiaries will be informed about the updating process later on in the year. “SASSA remains committed to providing uninterrupted service to beneficiaries of social grants in moving South Africa forward.“All social grant recipients are warned not to heed the call by anyone to change their cards,” the statement read. The SASSA card bearing the colours of the South African flag remains the official card and cannot be changed for any other card. Beneficiaries should be aware of hoax information being circulated, which requires them to disclose their personal and card details. SASSA does not offer financial products such as loans and discourages beneficiaries from using their cards to acquire such services. If beneficiaries are unsure about anything they hear from the media or fake SMS messages doing rounds, they can contact the SASSA customer care line on 080 060 1011.In another development, SASSA welcomed the appointment of a panel of experts by the Constitutional Court. These experts will, among other things, assist with monitoring the process leading to phasing out CPS and beyond, as directed by the court in The Black Sash Trust vs Minister of Social Development and others. In terms of the order of the court, the panel consists of Angela Bester, Anthony Felet, Werner Krull, Gill Marcus, Tim Masela, Mmamolatelo Mathekga, Mavuso Msimang, Brand Taute, Doris Tshepe and Heinz Weilert.SASSA said in the media statement that it will give the panel all the required support to ensure that the process becomes a success and that grant beneficiaries are protected.