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EasyPay green cards not Sassa-approved

Over the last few weeks there has been some concern from Sassa Worcester about older people being given the wrong information regarding the new cards.

According to acting manager of Sassa Worcester Marius Murray, the social security agency has received complaints over issues in its service area. “There have been EasyPay points set up opposite some of the Sassa pay points during June,“he said, “and the agency advises beneficiaries that the green card is the new Sassa card. It makes everything very confusing.”

This prompted the Standard to inform all beneficiaries of the correct process of obtaining the new Sassa card and what the new card looks like.

Sassa is working in partnership with the South African Post Office for a seamless card swop programme from the old Sassa/CPS card to the new Sassa/SAPO card. The card swop process started in May 2018 at cash pay points and will continue at Sassa offices as well as SAPO branches until September 2018.

According to information from Sassa head office, the agency would like to urge all beneficiaries not to be duped into applying for the Green EasyPay Card.

“This is not a Sassa card and therefore is not endorsed by the organisation,” the agency says. “The EasyPay card is a financial loan card affiliated to our previous service provider CPS.”

Sassa is currently in partnership with SAPO, with emphasis on the following deliverables in respect of the distribution of social grants:

. To offer electronic banking services through special disbursement account to beneficiaries.

. On-boarding of new beneficiaries through instant account opening.

. Card swop at targeted Sassa pay points and local offices, and SAPO outlets.

Beneficiaries have the option to receive their social grants via direct payment into their bank accounts via the Postbank or merchants.

Advantages of the New Sassa Card:

. No illegal deductions

. One balance summary inquiry at an ATM every month

. Unlimited POS purchases

. One mini-statement drawn from an ATM every month

. One pin reset at a SAPO Branch

. Unlimited pin resets at Sassa offices

. An initial card issued and one free replacement

. No EFT debit or stop orders

. Three free cash withdrawals at merchants

. One free cash withdrawal per month from a Post Office branch

. All purchases (swipes) at merchants are free, there is no fee charged for it

. The new Sassa card is EMV (Eurocard, Mastercard, Visa) compliant. This is the global standard for chip cards. As a result the card offers vastly better security features.

. The card is accepted at all merchants at ATMs in South Africa that display the Visa sign.

Sassa would like to reassure all social grant beneficiaries that it will comply with a Constitutional Court order to ensure the beneficiaries will continue to receive their social grants at all times.

Sassa local office card swop services have also been extended to weekends on Saturdays and Sundays from 08:00 to 13:00 to ensure services are easily accessible to all beneficiaries.

For any enquiries and clarity on the new cards and how they work, visit the local Sassa office at 70 Durban Road, Worcester, or call 023 348 0500.

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