New grant system off to a smooth start

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File: Sassa and Sapo have agreed to a hybrid system to pay social grants to millions of beneficiaries.

File: Sassa and Sapo have agreed to a hybrid system to pay social grants to millions of beneficiaries.

JOHANNESBURG – Social grant payments have got off to a smooth start, despite increased bank charges.

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu visited several pay points in the Vaal and Sebokeng region on Tuesday.

She assessed the overall readiness of the payment system.

Last week, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) halted subsidies for charges on grants paid through banks.

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From this month, beneficiaries who use banks to withdraw money will be charged an extra R10.

Sassa says it&39;s working on ways to resolve the issue that will undoubtedly affect the poor.