SASSA Updates Beneficiaries On Plans For Festive Season



SASSA's spokesperson, Paseka Lestatsi, has updated the nation on SASSA's plans for the festive season. He drew attention to payment dates and how they intend on keeping beneficiaries safe on collection days.

During the second wave of the virus, SASSA needs to implement safety protocols to ensure the safety of their beneficiaries when they collect their grants.

SASSA not only has to keep recipients safe from COVID-19 but also festive season scammers. Criminals tend to take advantage of this time of year, which is why SASSA encourages the public to keep their SASSA cards safe, as well as their PINs.

Grant beneficiaries are reminded to not to misuse their grant payments since SASSA provides these grants to help South Africans stay above the poverty line.

When the Special COVID-19 grants were first introduced there were a few problems along the way, where applicants may have uploaded the wrong ID number which caused them to not receive the payments which were due to them and in some instances, people received money which was intended for someone else.

These issues have been addressed and SASSA has learnt how they can improve their screening processes to ensure that the grants go to people who actually need them.

SASSA has announced that that the following dates have been set in place for collection of these grants:

  • Older Person's Grants  4 January 2021 
    • This includes any grants linked to these accounts.
  • Disability Grants 5 January 2021 
    • This includes any grants linked to these accounts.
  • All other grants 6 January 2021

Beneficiaries are reminded that there is no need to rush to pay points on these days since their money will remain in their accounts until they need it.

When collecting their payments, recipients are also reminded to wear their masks at all times, sanitize their hands and not to collect payments on days when they feel ill, as it can be dangerous for not only the person but all the other people waiting in line as well.


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