SASSA cautioned the agency did not provide school uniform and stationery willy-nilly. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has urged social grant beneficiaries to ignore fake information circulated on social media.
The messages on social media reportedly claim that SASSA is providing uniforms and stationery to school-going kids who are recipients of the child support grant.
Acting SASSA spokesperson, Moabi Pitsi, said these posts were not accurate.
“SASSA does not supply stationery to school-going children, as it is not within the SASSA mandate. School uniforms are provided as part of the Social Relief of Distress programme.
“However, this programme is implemented in terms of the Social Assistance Act, 2004, and all prospective beneficiaries have to meet legislated criteria. The programme is facilitated after engagement with principals of identified schools, and an assessment is conducted by SASSA,” Pitsi said.
He further explained that children scheduled to benefit from the programme had already been identified, and orders for the uniforms were placed through local co-operatives, who sew the uniforms.
“SASSA discourages anyone from retweeting or circulating this message as it is causing confusion among beneficiaries of social grants,” he said.
Beneficiaries were urged to check the legitimacy of any information with the SASSA call centre on 0800 60 10 11 or visit www.sassa.gov.za
3 months ago 18 January 2018