As part of protecting beneficiaries from the festive season rush, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will start its December payment cycle earlier than other months.
According to a statement by Motshewa Maleka, Acting Senior Manager: Communication and Marketing at SASSA Free State, the December payment of social grants will start from 28 November 2019, and this applies to beneficiaries who collect their money from ATM’s and stores.
Beneficiaries who receive their payments in cash at SASSA pay points will receive their December grants from 2 December 2019 on their specific days communicated during their last payment. January social grants will be available from the 31 December 2019 due to the fact that 1 January 2020 is a public holiday.
Maleka says the early December payment should not be seen as a bonus or double payment as it is mainly intended for the convenience of beneficiaries. “SASSA does not pay a bonus at all and beneficiaries are paid for twelve months only per year,” warns Maleka.
Beneficiaries are urged to protect their PINS and avoid giving strangers their ID numbers, even if they claim to be coming from SASSA because the PIN is a beneficiary’s secret.
“They should not fall prey to scams distributed through WhatsApp, SMS and/or social media. The public is urged to be vigilant around the festive season and double check misleading information sounding too good to be true.
“This is the time where most beneficiaries are targeted through a lot of scams that criminals are circulating with an effort to rob unsuspecting beneficiaries of their money. SASSA offices, toll-free line and its social media pages are the only sources that will provide correct and accurate information,” says Maleka.
Beneficiaries are advised to call SASSA toll free on 0800 60 10 11 or SASSA Free State Customer Care: 051 410 8339, if they doubt something or want to report anything.