The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has assured all social grant beneficiaries that expiry dates on their cards will not affect the payment of funds.
The agency stated that these cards are legal. Sassa further stated that such cards will continue to work even beyond the expiry date printed on the card (the card with the South African flag colours and Coat of Arms on it).
“No beneficiary should therefore be coerced into taking a new card.
“Sassa only issues one card and does not endorse or support any other bank cards,” said Paseka Letsatsi, spokesperson of Sassa.
He said Sassa payment cards operate like most bank cards.
With the Sassa cards, social grant beneficiaries are able to enter into debit order agreements for products or services, and have payments effected from their accounts.
“The challenge faced by Sassa is that in some cases, the financial products are sold to social grant beneficiaries without them understanding the full implications of what they are agreeing to.
“When the grant is paid, the loan repayments for products like pre-paid airtime come off before the beneficiary can access the grant, then the beneficiary complains to Sassa.
“Sassa has gone out of its way to resolve these complaints, in order to assist the beneficiaries,” said Letsatsi.
He further stressed that the only direct deduction from a social grant permitted was a deduction for funeral policy premiums which is managed under Regulation 26 (A) of the Social Assistance Act 2004.
“The regulation allows for one deduction, which may not exceed 10% of the value of the grant, from the adult grants (old age, war veterans and permanent disability grants) only.
“No direct deductions for funeral policy premiums may be effected from any temporary grant or child grant.” Members of the public are advised to call Sassa on 0800-601-011 or visit its Facebook and Twitter pages, if uncertain about anything.