SASSA warns of festive season scams

SOCIAL grant beneficiaries have been assured by thee South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)  that its offices will be open for business during December, closing only on public holidays like Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year.

The assurance comes after SASSA reported an increasing number of scams and false information targeting beneficiaries of social grants. The latest false information being circulated is that SASSA offices will be closed during the December month and that beneficiaries will not receive their January payments.

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Beneficiaries are urged to report any scams to the police. Currently, social grant payments for December are underway and will continue until 15 December at SASSA paypoints.   Beneficiaries who use ATM’s and shops for drawing their grants can do so till 22 December 2017. This was done to allow beneficiaries to do their Christmas purchases ahead of the usual festive season rush.

From January 2018, social grant payments will be paid as usual from the first day of every month. Beneficiaries are urged to contact their local SASSA offices for any enquiries relating to their grant payments or call 0800601011.

Commenting on the latest developments The Acting CEO of SASSA Ms Pearl Bhengu said “All social grant recipients should remain vigilant at this time of the year and never disclose their card details to anyone, including their PIN and ID numbers.”


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Wanda Daly

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