By Phaladi Seakgwe
The South African Social Security Agency continues with its efforts to educate current and potential beneficiaries of social grants about the payment method options available to them to receive their grants including through banks where they may hold private accounts.
The constitutional court in 2017 ordered SASSA to advice beneficiaries about the benefits of receiving their grants through banks. SASSA subsequently embarked on a countrywide drive immediately in 2017 following the court order and issued an instruction to all its offices to emphasize to new applicants and beneficiaries the different methods available to them.
This continuous crusade is meant to ensure that beneficiaries know and understand how each option of payment works as well as benefits and implications of choosing such option.
The campaign was further reignited on 01 February when SASSA officials led by their executives went to pay points to directly speak to beneficiaries and distributed a simple step by step guide educational brochure and forms that allow them to switch their methods of payment to banks of their choice including the post office.
It is common cause that SASSA has now entered into an agreement with the South African Post Office for the payment of grants. Beneficiaries are also reminded that the lifespan of the SASSA card has been extended to 31 December 2018.