Pretoria – SASSA has announced a new initiative allowing South Africans who find misplaced or lost SASSA cards to turn them in at their nearest police station.
Previously, there was no formal system for returning stray cards, leaving beneficiaries stressed about replacing them and potentially missing grant payments. However, SASSA is now partnering with SAPS on a card return program.
Any member of the public who locates lost SASSA cards can take them to their closest police station during operating hours. SAPS will accept, document and store the cards securely while contacting SASSA to arrange pickup.
SASSA Head of Grants Administration, Ms. Zanele Mtsweni, commented, “We are pleased to launch this program assisting both citizens who lose their cards and those who find them. Too often, cards are left on ATMs or dropped accidentally. This ensures they are returned promptly so beneficiaries avoid payment gaps.”
Once notified, SASSA officials will collect returned cards from SAPS stations and work to identify proper recipients from system records. The cards will then be sent back to the associated social grant beneficiaries so they can regain access to their grants.
This initiative aims to alleviate issues around replacing lost SASSA cards and builds on existing SAPS systems to get cards to the right people with minimal disruption. SASSA urges all community members who find stray cards not to activate or use them unlawfully. The correct action is taking lost cards to the nearest police station for safe return.
SASSA also reminds beneficiaries to treat cards securely as one would a bank card or important document. However, this SAPS return channel now offers recourse and reassurance if a card does go missing accidentally.
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