Sassa says changes to grant payments will mostly affect rural users

Sassa says changes to grant payments will mostly affect rural users

Africa News

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) admits people in rural areas will bear the brunt of the new payment arrangement for Social Relief of Distress grants.

But Sassa maintains that it’s working on a contingency plan.

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Beneficiaries of the R350 grant will now have to use supermarkets or ATMs to access the funds.

This, however, does not affect Sassa beneficiaries who receive old age, child and disability grants.

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Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said: “It will definitely affect those in deep rural areas. What we’re saying is people must make maximum use of infrastructure available. They don’t necessarily have to get their R350s from the Post Office.

“In any case, those in remote places would go to the Post Office which is in town. We’re saying please use supermarkets, Pick ‘n Pay… We’re saying while we’re trying to make sure there’s a plan in place, we bring services closer to them.”

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