JOHANNESBURG: The South African Post Office says it has managed to swap the old cards of more than 1 million social grant beneficiaries to the new Sassa card issued by Postbank.
This after South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) said there was a campaign to destabilize social grants payments through the spreading of false information. Sassa has had its hands full trying to deal with false and confusing messages being circulated to beneficiaries regarding the phasing in of the new card.
Recently a number of fake SMSs were sent to beneficiaries, peddling false information and causing frustration and panic among them. The text instructed them to re-register for their social grants as cash pay points will be phased out by June 2018.
“The first 1 million beneficiaries do not include those beneficiaries that have willingly opted to take up Postbank Mzansi accounts as their preferred payment method,” Sapo chief operating officer Lindiwe Kwele said. The post office has urged beneficiaries to swap their old white Sassa card for the new gold Sassa card saying the old card will be phased out by the end of September.
The card swap can be done at Sassa offices and Sassa pay points nationally. “The Post Office and Sassa have deployed teams throughout the country where dedicated temporary card swap sites are established using existing infrastructure such as municipality halls to expedite the migration to the new card. This will ensure that as many people as possible are put onto the new Sassa cards before the end of August. We call on social grants beneficiaries to swap their cards and to not leave it to the last minute,” Kwele said.
Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu recently met with the House of Traditional Leaders in a bid to explain the process.