May 21, 2018


Grant payments run smooth…

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has reiterated its commitment to its obligation to pay out social grants to beneficiaries notwithstanding detractors’ determination to convince the public that it lacks the capacity to do so.

This after widespread misinformation last week that Sassa would not be able to pay beneficiaries on the scheduled April 1.

The speculations were triggered by fears that the social development department would not find a new company to replace Cash Paymasters, to disburse the grants.

However, the courts of law have since ruled that Cash Paymasters continue with the payments of grants for the next 18 months while the government looks for a company to replace it.

Sassa is tasked with paying different kinds of social grants to close to a million people in the province; these include child grants, old age as well as military veterans’ grants.

In total there are 989 754 social grant beneficiaries in the Free State province.

By close of business on Friday March 31, about 300 000 grant beneficiaries had received their money from ATM machines and other outlets in the province. Sassa provincial spokesperson Sandy Godlwana confirmed that the grant payments went smoothly in the province.

“Since Monday 03 April, Sassa officials in the province have been going out to communities to pay social grants at the usual community pay points. This will go on until the 20th April.

Beneficiaries will receive payments at centres like community halls, tribal halls and churches. However, payments will not be made on Good Friday and Easter Monday,” she said.

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