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Kouga Municipality urges residents to be cautious during social grant payments

Jun 4, 2020
Kouga Municipality urges residents to be cautious during social grant payments

Jeffreys Bay - With social grants being paid this week, Kouga shops are expected to be very busy this week. The municipality has asked that, where possible, residents postpone their shopping.

The SASSA payment for the elderly people (Old Age and War Veterans Grants) took place yesterday. Today, 4 June, it is the turn of people living with disabilities (Disability Grant).

“The prioritising of the older person and disability grants is an effort to ease congestion at SAPO outlets, retailers and bank infrastructure, thus minimising the risk of Covid-19 infection,” SASSA said.

All other grants such as child support should be collected from 5 June.

No elderly or disabled person should be brought into town only to access their grant, the agency said.

“Once the money is in the account, it will remain available for the beneficiary to access anytime or anywhere as and when required. There is no need to withdraw all the money at once,” the Agency said.

Beneficiaries are also encouraged to swipe their cards to pay for purchases, rather than withdraw cash.

Additional measures would be put in place to manage the numbers at cash pay-points to ensure hygiene protocols are followed and social distancing maintained.

For their own safety, social grant beneficiaries are encouraged to avoid areas where large numbers of people are gathered.

“All necessary measures will be put in place to ensure that social distance is adhered to.”

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