Sassa held a community outreach programme at the Attea Leroi Church in V-section, Botshabelo, on Friday to bring government services to the community.
Different departments, such as the Department of Home Affairs, the Postbank and Sassa, to name but a few, came to offer their services, because many residents have to stand in long queues to access government services and often don’t get the help they need, costing them financially.
Sechaba Shabe, Sassa manager in Botshabelo, told Voice that they came together as different government departments and stakeholders to bring their services to the people. “We have a huge challenge here in Botshabelo because there is a large number of immigrants from Lesotho without proper documents. This makes it difficult for us to help them with government services. The other worrying factor is the issue of our ladies who use the child social grant to entertain themselves, resulting in the children not getting anything form these social grants.
“We would like to encourage the community to report this to the government so that the social grant could be given to a family member who will take good care of the child as the money is for looking after the child’s needs and not for parent’s salon bills,” said Shabe.
Isaac Tsotetsi from the South African Post Office, told Voice that the services that will be provided by South African Postbank from next month is a step in the right direction in providing a safe haven for Sassa grant beneficiaries to get their social grants.
To report to misconduct to Sassa, call 051-531-5126, and for more information on the Post Office, call 051-412-9502.