Postbank has announced that SASSA gold cards will continue working as normal beyond December 2023 – even after their expiry date.
Earlier this year, the Payment Association of South Africa (PASA) extended the validity of expired SASSA cards until December 2023. Therefore, holders of such cards had to renew them before December. However, this is no longer the case.
SASSA gold cards remain valid beyond December 2023 and after expiry date
In a statement on Tuesday, Postbank said millions of social grants recipients will continue using their SASSA gold cards in December 2023 and beyond, including those with cards that have passed their expiry date. This news will come as a relief to many recipients.
“This important development means that millions of social grants beneficiaries do not have to change their SASSA gold cards to the cards of the other banks,” the state-owned enterprise said.
“The extension of the SASSA gold cards’ validity ensures continuity for SASSA beneficiaries, and they do not have to endure the inconvenience and expenses of changing their SASSA gold cards to other payments methods that are often costly.”
Postbank advised grant recipients to disregard misleading claims that the SASSA card is being replaced, emphasising that it is the only bank that is mandated to replace cards. Therefore, recipients should avoid being misled to change their card products.
“SASSA gold cards can be used to withdraw SASSA grants from a wide network of the country’s ATMs of any bank, including any retailer, such as Boxer, Pick n Pay, Usave, Spar and Shoprite. This diversity of channels reduces the need for beneficiaries to stand in long queues at Post Offices or cash pay points,” Postbank said.
“No retailer or shop has the right to force beneficiaries to make a purchase. SASSA beneficiaries are advised to report any retailer or shop that forces them to buy goods prior to paying out their SASSA grants. You are entitled to your full SASSA grant payment, and you have every right to use the money as you deem necessary.”
The bank assured grant beneficiaries who are using SASSA cards that they will continue receiving their grants in their expired cards in December 2023 and all subsequent months.