Social Grant Beneficiaries Urged to Ignore Fake Information Circulated on Social Media

SASSA MEDIA RELEASE
12 January 2018
Beneficiaries of social grants are urged to ignore messages currently doing the rounds, claiming that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides uniforms and stationery to school going children who receive the Child Support Grant.  THIS IS NOT ACCURATE.
SASSA does not supply stationery to school going children as it is not within the SASSA mandate. School uniforms are provided as part of the Social Relief of Distress programme.  However, this programme is implemented in terms of the Social Assistance Act, 2004, and all prospective beneficiaries have to meet legislated criteria.  The programme is facilitated after engagement with principals of identified schools, and an assessment is conducted by SASSA. Furthermore, children who are to benefit from this programme have already been identified and orders for the uniforms placed through local co-operatives, who sew the uniforms.
SASSA discourages anyone from retweeting or circulating this message as it is causing confusion among beneficiaries of social grants. Beneficiaries are urged to check the authenticity of any information with the SASSA call centre on 0800 60 10 11 or visit www.sassa.gov.za
Issued by the South African Social Security Agency
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