SASSA recognized for excellence in Social Security in Africa
By Moabi Pitsi
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) Regional Social Security Forum has recognized the South African Security Agency (SASSA) for “Biometric smart payment card” and “Extending the payment of social assistance to the most vulnerable and the poorest people to provide full financial inclusivity”. The two Merit Certificates were presented at the ISSA Regional Social Security Forum which took place in Casablanca, Morocco, from 3 - 5 December 2014.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) wishes to inform all beneficiaries of social grants about early payment dates for the coming festive season. The December payment cycle has been brought forward to end November. Payment of social grants will therefore be made from 27 November to 13 December 2014. Beneficiaries are advised that the next payment cycle will only start during the first week of January 2015.
SASSA acknowledges that this is a very busy time of the year and would like to give its beneficiaries enough time to shop and prepare for the festive season, long ahead of the usual Christmas shopping rush.
The Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini together with the Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and management wish all social grant beneficiaries and their families a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
“As we are now entering the festive season, I urge you all to be extra careful with your SASSA cards and pin codes. Please do not give your SASSA cards and pin codes to anyone including loan sharks. Enjoy this period to the fullest with your loved ones.” said Minister Dlamini.