The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has issued a statement, advising  all social grant beneficiaries who are collecting their social grant with a Gold SASSA/SAPO cards, “that these cards will work beyond March 2021 until advised otherwise by SASSA through its official platforms.”

SASSA advises its beneficiaries to ignore misguided advice received from unofficial platforms.

“Only new SASSA applicants will be required to have a personal bank account when applying for a new social grant or other beneficiaries wishing to change to their bank accounts can do so by requesting and completing an Annexure C obtainable from SASSA offices. Clients who have lost their cards can report to their nearest SAPO outlets to replace their lost SASSA/SAPO cards.” says the statement issued by the SASSA-GAUTENG Spokesperson, Ms Nandi Mosia.

She went on to remind SASSA clients not to “withdraw all their funds on the day that they are available – once in the account, including the SASSA/SAPO card account, the funds can be accessed anytime during the month and not only on the first day of payment. To avoid the spread of Covid-19 beneficiaries are encourage not to go to crowded areas to collect their money, but rather wait for later in the month to collect their grant.”