SASSA R350 grant: Post Office urges recipients to withdraw grants elsewhere over cash shortage

The South African Post Office (SAPO) urged people who receive SASSA grants via their branches to make use of alternative withdrawal methods for the month of May, in a statement on 5 May.

R350 GRANT RECIPIENTS TO USE ALTERNATIVE CHANNELS

The post office said some of its branches will have insufficient cash but added that the majority of the SASSA grants for the month have been paid already – and therefore recipients of the R350 social relief of distress grant, especially, are encouraged to use alternative channels to access the money.

“Tuesday, 3 May was reserved for paying Older Persons’ Grants, Wednesday, 4 May for Disability Grants and Thursday, 5 May for Children’s Grants.

“The arrangement, therefore, applies to remaining beneficiaries who receive the R350 SRD grant and beneficiaries who use cash pay points,” said the Post Office.

SASSA GOLD CARD

SASSA beneficiaries that make use of the Postbank-issued gold card can use it to make commission-free cash withdrawals at a supermarket.

“They can also swipe the card to pay for any purchases, and all swipes are free of commission.  A beneficiary, therefore, receives the full value of the grant when using a supermarket, down to the last cent,” said SAPO spokesperson Johan Kruger.

The gold card can also be used to make withdrawals from ATMs across the country. However, bank charges will apply.

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