- SASSA is in the process of issuing new cards for grant recipients
- A scam SMS has been doing the rounds telling beneficiaries to re-register
- The contract between CMS and SASSA will officially end in September and the Post Office will be SASSA's new partner going forward
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is asking grant recipients to swap their old grant cards for new ones before the end of September this year.
Briefly.co.za learned that a scam has come to SASSA's attention that people are being told register their old cards through a scam. SASSA has warned is beneficiaries not to re-register according to ewn.co.za.
Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said that the old cards will still be valid until the end of September but recipients have until then to swap their old cards.
A fake SMS has been doing the rounds which warns grant recipients that the pay points were going to be removed and beneficiaries would need to re-register their cards.
SASSA is reducing the amount of pay points but phasing them out completely.
The new cards will be released at nine different offices around the country. The new card would have benefits that previous card did not and there would be no deductions.
The only deductions that would be permitted on the new SASSA cards would be for funeral policies and they will be limited to 10% of the grant.
One of the new benefits of the card is that it can be used as a savings card and money can be transferred onto the card.
The current contract between SASSA, CPS, Grindrod and Net1 would be ending in September and the Post Office will be working with SASSA to deliver grant payments.
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