28 December 2017 | Media release
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has today successfully initiated a test case to directly pay about 100 social grant beneficiaries using commercial bank accounts of their choice as part of the January 2018 payment cycle.
“With effect from 01 February 2018, SASSA will continue to make direct deposits into all beneficiary commercial bank accounts. SASSA has received and confirmed details of the commercial bank accounts of about 2, 001,233 (Two million One thousand two hundred and thirty three)beneficiaries, who are receiving their social grants through banks”, says SASSA CEO, Ms Pearl Bengu.
According to SASSA CEO, Ms Pearl Bengu, the 100 beneficiaries test case is
part of implementing SASSA’s plan to insource social grant payments. The plan will be implemented in an incremental and phased manner leading to a Desired Future State where SASSA Owns, Operates and Delivers a ‘’One Stop’’ Grant Administration and Payment Service.
SASSA will continue to pay all beneficiaries who receive their grants at cash paypoints or who use various merchants throughout the country. The SASSA Payment Card use has been extended until 31 December 2018 and will be used to access social grants.
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13 December 2017 | Media release
Social grants are usually paid from the first of every month except in December. As from January 2018 SASSA will pay beneficiaries who use banks, ATM's and merchant outlets from the 01 January despite the day falling on a public holiday. As usual, this applies to any other public holiday falling on a the first day of the month.
Payment at SASSA paypoints will start on the 04 January all over the country except the Western Cape which will open its paypoints from the 03 January 2018. Specific and individualized payment dates are printed on payment slips for beneficiaries using SASSA paypoints to ensure that SASSA pays the right grant to the right person at the right time and place Njalo.
The early December payment which started on 28 November was welcomed by SASSA beneficiaries with both hands. The rationale behind was to protect beneficiaries from the December shopping traffic and its attendant risks especially for the elderly. The move however is misinterpreted as a December double payment by a few and others think another early payment for January is on the cards- which is not true.
Social grant beneficiaries are also reminded that upon approval of their grants they have the right to choose a payment method. They can either choose a direct payment into a bank account of their choice or a manual cash payment at a paypoint for instance. A beneficiary choosing a direct payment into their bank account makes it easy and convenient because they can receive their money anywhere in the country. Beneficiaries who wish to switch to banks can arrange that at their nearest SASSA office. SASSA however does not cover bank charges that may arise in the case of direct payments into private bank accounts of beneficiaries.
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Enquiries: Paseka Letsatsi (SASSA Spokesperson)
Deputy Minister Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu assures the beneficiaries that their grants will be paid next year
By Phaladi Seakgwe
Social Development Deputy Minister Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu visited the community of Lochiel in Mpumalanga today to engage with hundreds of elderly people in the area.
The Deputy Minister promised the people of Lochiel that their complaint about the non- existence of a proper paypoint structure is receiving attention from SASSA in the region. In making an undertaking the Regional Executive Manager for SASSA in Mpumalanga Moffat Mogane assured the elderly that the money to build a pay point is available and the process will begin in earnest.
The Deputy Minister further used the opportunity to reassure beneficiaries of social grants that come 01 April 2018, their grants will be paid. She also appealed to all the elderly present and grants recipient to take back the green card they are using to access their grants as it does not belong to government. " All those who went on their own to get the green card must return it. This card does not belong to SASSA. The only SASSA card we know bears the coat of arms, the SASSA logo and with the right colors", she said.
Moreover, she assured everyone that the SASSA card will continue to work even after the date of expiry and there is no need for panic. "I also want to remind you that the child support grant follows the child. You should not allow your children and daughters in law to dump their children with you and walk away with the cards as they continue to withdraw money elsewhere for their own benefit. If they leave the children with you, they must also leave their cards so that you receive the grants on behalf of the children", she concluded.
A Landmark Agreement has been reached between SASSA and the South African Post Office, Minister Jeff Radebe made the announcement on behalf of the IMC in Pretoria on 10 December 2017.
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