Sassa card holders urged to swap old for new

2018-06-28 06:02

SASSA card holders who are still using the old Sassa card, which will be fully phased-out by September 30, 2018, are reminded to swap their old card for a new one, this weekend, at dedicated venues throughout the country

Post Office and Sassa employees were on duty in more than 70 dedicated card swap venues throughout the country on 16 and 17 May (Saturday and Sunday) in a nation-wide card swap blitz.

The Post Office (SAPO) advises Sassa beneficiaries to take advantage of these extended operating periods over weekends and swap their cards before end of August to avoid a last minute rush. “We have deployed resources throughout the country to ensure that as many people as possible are put onto the new Sassa cards before the end of August. As a result, people should not leave it to the last minute to swap their cards. It takes approximately 3 minutes to be issued with a new card once you reach the card issue desk on site, so it is a very swift process”, says SAPO COO, Lindiwe Kwele.

The new Sassa card is issued by Post Office’s Postbank and it has been specifically designed to prevent challenges with the illegal deductions that left many beneficiaries out of pocket in the past years.

The only deductions that will be allowed on the new Sassa card will be for funeral policies on non-child grants, which should also not be more than 10% of the total grant.

The new Sassa card operates fully within the national payment system and it has a number of benefits, some of which are listed below.

• Three cash withdrawal from any participating merchant (such as Shoprite, Boxer, etc)

• One free over the counter cash withdrawal at the Post Office

• Free swipes (purchase payments) at all merchants

• One free ATM balance enquiry per month

SAPO says that beneficiaries will not be charged R10 per month, or any such ‘service fee’, when using the new Sassa card, so a person will get their grant in full.

“It is important for beneficiaries to know which card will cost them, and how much, when exercising their choice. The new SASSA card is yellowish to gold in colour. You can still change to the new SASSA card even if you unwittingly accepted another card recently. It is really your choice”, concluded Kwele.

For the full list of venues where card swaps are done this weekend, visit

http://www.postoffice.co.za

— Supplied

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