DURBAN – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has made it easier for grant recipients to collect their grants during the National lockdown. Grant recipients will now be able to receive their money on March 30 and 31.
These new dates are for the 3.6 million elderly social grant recipients and over one million people with disabilities only. This measure is to ensure that the elderly disabled are able to receive their money and ease congestion at tills.
“Sassa consulted widely and the result is that grant payments for April will be brought forward so that they can start on 30 March 2020. All other grants such as child support should be collected from 1 April 2020. It is important to stress that payments on the first two days will be for the elderly and people living with disabilities,” said Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi.
“Once the money is in the account, it will remain available for the beneficiary to access anytime and anywhere as and when required. There is no need to withdraw all the money at once. Beneficiaries are also encouraged to swipe their cards to pay for purchases, rather than withdraw cash,” Letsatsi said.
Sassa has ensured that additional measures will be put in place to manage the crowd at cash pay points as well as ensure that proper hygiene protocols and safe social distancing are followed.
“Additional cash dispensers will be availed to ensure that there is no overcrowding around one or two dispensers at cash pay points and post offices,” he said.
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