SASSA beneficiaries reassured cards not expiring in December

2017-09-27 06:00

FOLLOWING a number of enquiries from social grant beneficiaries in the province about the expiry of the SASSA cards, beneficiaries are reminded to keep using their current SASSA cards.

SASSA said in a media statement, the cards will not expire in December this year and will work beyond the expiry date. Beneficiaries are requested to continue using their SASSA cards until an official announcement has been made.

SASSA card scam:

SASSA said in the media statement that they have received complaints from social grant beneficiaries about companies offering them financial service products under the pretext that they are working with, or are endorsed by SASSA.

SASSA said it does not have any relationship with, nor does it endorse, any company that offers financial products such as microloans, cellphone airtime, insurance products including life funeral cover and clothing accounts. According to regulation, SASSA is not allowed to make any deductions from beneficiaries. The social assistance legislation stipulates that SASSA can only deduct a maximum of 10% for funeral policies.

For this reason, SASSA is calling on all social grant beneficiaries to be wary of callers claiming to be SASSA officials, requesting confidential information such as identity numbers, card numbers and PIN numbers.

The SASSA card holders are advised not to divulge such confidential information over the phone, especially the PIN number, which should not under any circumstance be given to anyone else, not even to a SASSA ­official.

Victims of unlawful deductions should visit their nearest SASSA office where SASSA staff will assist with the completion of necessary forms.

For info call the SASSA call centre toll-free number on 0800 60 10 11 or the SASSA Eastern Cape regional office customer care unit on 043 707 6335.


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