SASSA Card Complete Guide and Application, Balance Enquiry, PIN Tries, Blocked.
SASSA card is an electronic card issued by the social security agency South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) for various categories of grants beneficiaries to access their monthly payments.
It can be used at various pay points and ATMs across the country.
It is partnership with with VISA, an international payment company. It can be used to purchase items at various shops just like any other payment cards like mastercard. All that you need is the 4 digit personal identification number (PIN) to allow cash out at various pay points.
SASSA Card Application
By default, if your social grant application is approved, you are given a SASSA card as a means of payment. Although you may request alternative means of payment such as through banks including the post office, other partnered institutions for which you have to contact Sassa.
In effect, you don’t necessarily apply for sassa card exclusively but it is processed alongside the approval and activation of the grant.
SASSA card Replacement
For whatever reason best known to you, you may request a new card. In that case, contact any nearest SASSA office and report, you will be given a replacement application form to fill and you may have to wait for some time.
Under what conditions will one be required to replace SASSA card?
1. Theft or stolen
2. You suspect someone else has seen your pin, in this case you report for a change of pin code.
3. Card might be dysfunctional or faulty.
4. ATM machines keep rejecting the card as invalid
5. Card expired.
SASSA card swallowed by ATM machine
For security purposes, if the atm machines suspect of any foul play, it might capture the card or what is sometimes called “swallowed” the card for safety reasons.
It usually happens when the 4 digit pin code is entered more than once or for certain number of times.
It assumes that the holder of the card currently might be a fraudster thereby capturing the card. To collect the card, the owner of the card will have to prove beyond reasonable doubts he or she is the real owner of the card.
You may have to submit photo ID to establish truthfulness of the ownership.
Whenever an atm machine swallows your SASSA card, report to the bank or the payment institution, they will tell you what you need or the process you have to follow to receive the card back.
To avoid such problems, always make sure you remember the pin number of the card. Use simple digits you alone can remember and don’t write it anywhere else and don’t use your date of birth or year of birth as they are easily guessed.
SASSA card PIN Trials Exceeded
Due the fraudulent activities of some unscrupulous people to try to evade the technology system, ATM machines manufacturers have a system in place where the banks can utilize this security system to check on people trying to steal from the machine.
In this case, the machine is programmed in such a way that when the user incorrectly the PINS to exceed a certain number of times, the ATM machine will lock or capture the card. It is out of suspicion that the user is trying foul means by doing try and error just as computer hackers use to break into people’s online system.
When it happens like that, please go to the post office or the nearest SASSA office and report immediately. You may be asked to submit some documents to prove you are the real owner of the card and fill some forms in addition. Then the card will be given back to you and you follow a process to reset the PIN code.
SASSA Card Lost
Have you lost your SASSA card or you simply cannot find where you left it? Or probably it has been stolen? Some of these situations can happen to anybody. In case, you find yourself in such a condition, just report to the nearest SASSA office or post office and make an official report. If you suspect that someone who knows the PIN may have stolen it, then you have to immediately make a report at the police station or post to block the card from accessing funds from the account.
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SASSA Card Balance Check /Enquiries
You can easily check the balance on your SASSA card using the following shortcodes. The general code for the SASSA card when checking account balance is *120*3210#
Below are the short codes for other banks linked to SASSA card
– ABSA Bank – *120*2272#
– Capitec – *130*7932# or *120*3279#
– Nedbank – *120*001# or *130*001#
SASSA Card ATM Withdrawal
This guide will help you on how to withdraw your SASSA grants from ATM without much stress. This guide is a generic one for all atm. 1. Insert your SASSA card into the machine
2. You may be asked to enter your PIN (four-digit code)
3. Select the operation/command by selecting withdraw.
4. Enter the amount you wish to withdraw from your account. Note that you can only withdraw a maximum of cash equal to the available balance.
5. Wait for the machine to issue the cash and take the card.
6. When entering the pin make sure it is not visible to people standing by.
What if my SASSA card is blocked?
In case your card is blocked, the first thing you should do is to contact the post office or SASSA. In some cases, it is as a result of suspicious activities identified by SASSA or the card may be reported or under investigation.
If you want other questions regarding SASSA card, please feel free to contact us directly or leave a message in the comments section below and we will be more than happy.
Always be on guard as thieves are looking around to steal your card and withdraw your money.