The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has cautioned grant recipients of a false news social media post aimed at luring them into stores to beg for a child's clothes voucher. According to the fake news social media post, grant recipients must take their SASSA cards and identity documents to a local Pep store before November 4 to apply for a children's clothes voucher. Please be aware that the following information is false, SASSA posted on Monday morning on its official Twitter account:
The FAKE social media post merely stated: "Bring your SASSA card and ID to Pep and apply for a kids clothing coupon by November 4th." The newest fake news social media post comes on the heels of the recent announcement that grant applicants can now pick up their grants at local Pick & Pay and Boxers stores. Pick n Pay and Boxer became SASSA SRD grant collection points. "Pick n Pay and Boxer are happy to help grant beneficiaries receive their cash more efficiently and securely, ensuring they receive much-needed relief sooner than before," said John Bradshaw, Pick n Pay's retail executive: Omnichannel.
What you need to do to acquire your SASSA SRD grant at one of these stores is as follows: 1. The grant applicant receives an SMS from the South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) verifying that their SRD grant application was successful. 2. A SRD grant recipient will receive an SMS message from SASSA confirming the collection place and informing them of the day of collection. 3. When picking up their grant, the beneficiary must bring their ID and a physical cellphone (number registered with SASSA) with them to the store. 4. At the till point, provide the ID number and the registered SASSA cell phone number to ensure the monies are available for collection.
5. The beneficiary is immediately sent a USSD message, which they must authorize on their phone before the cash is delivered.
NOTE: This message was not from SASSA and it's fake, so you don't have to do any of the above, if you need any information regarding SASSA grants visit the SASSA website or call their offices.
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