More time for grant re-registration

2013-03-26 16:56
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini (Picture: Beeld)

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini (Picture: Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Social grant beneficiaries, who have not yet re-registered themselves, have until the end of April to do so to keep their benefits, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Tuesday.

"In consultation with the CEO [of the SA Social Security Agency], I have taken a decision to give all the beneficiaries who have not been able to re-register an extended period to please do so before the end of April 2013," she said in a speech prepared for delivery at an update of the re-registration process.

Re-registration sites will be closed over the Easter weekend, so the process will resume on Tuesday, 2 April.

Then from the beginning of May this year, letters of notification will be sent to non-compliant beneficiaries telling them of the department's intention to stop their social grants within 90 days of notification.

Last February the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) announced its new biometric payment system for social grants and called on all grant beneficiaries to re-register for the new system.

Part of the process was to flush out fraudulent claims and remove claims that are no longer required.

Dlamini said since then, Sassa had re-registered almost 19 million people, out of a target of 21 million.

"This is an important milestone in our quest to create a clean database of social security beneficiaries," she said.

This is made up of both cash and commercial bank beneficiaries in all provinces.

The most compliant for re-registering were elderly beneficiaries.

She thanked all the individuals and organisations who helped with the re-registration.

The deadline was extended by a month because the department knew how important these grants were to recipients.

During the re-registration, it was found that 44 000 social grants had manually lapsed at the request of the beneficiaries.

 A further 66 000 grants lapsed due to non-collection.

According to the Sassa website, a person can re-register anywhere in the country.

They need to take along their original 13-digit green barcoded identity document, original birth certificate of child/children, and a letter of award from Sassa if they are in possession of a 7777 ID no.

Queries can be made on 0800 600 160 or 012 400 2322 or 0800 601 011.

This includes inquiries on how to re-register a person who is too frail to travel.

Read more on:    sassa  |  bathabile dlamini  |  johannesburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.