Introduction

Some people need help to activate a new SASSA card. However, this process is not very difficult, but many people don’t know how to activate a new SASSA card. You cannot withdraw money without activating your card. If you are one of those people who don’t know how to activate a new SASSA card then don’t need to worry. We will cover the whole process of activating a new SASSA card in this article.

The process to activate the SASSA card is the same whether you ordered a new SASSA card or got a replacement by renewing your SASSA card. You need to activate your card to withdraw your SRD R350 grant money. In this article, we will explain the step-by-step procedure to activate your SASSA card and how to withdraw your grant money from the ATM.

What is the SASSA Card

SASSA card is issued by the SASSA to the grant beneficiaries for accessing monthly payments. It allows SASSA beneficiaries to withdraw their grant money from any ATM without a bank account. You will receive a card once your grant is approved, your existing card expires, or your card is lost so needs replacement. SASSA sends a new card to the applicant’s address in a tamper-proof envelope with a temporary PIN.

Check Card Details Before Activation

It takes 2-3 weeks to receive a new SASSA card after applying. Once you receive your new SASSA card, you need to check the details on the card and make sure that the details on the card are printed correctly. Check the following details on the card to ensure they are correct:

  • Your Full Name
  • Your South African ID number
  • Debit card number

If any of the above details are incorrect, then you need to report the issue to SASSA immediately. If all details are correct then you are ready to activate your new SASSA card.

Process to Activate New SASSA Card

Once you verify your details on the Card, follow the steps below to activate your SASSA card:

Process to Activate New SASSA Card
  • Visit any ATM branch affiliated with Postbank.
  • Insert your new SASSA card into the ATM.
  • Click on the “Set PIN” button and you will be redirected to another screen to set your PIN.
  • Enter your 4-digit PIN and click on the “Confirm” button.
  • After clicking on the “Confirm” button, you will receive a confirmation message on your SASSA-registered phone number that your SASSA card PIN has been successfully set up.

After setting up your PIN, it takes some time for the SASSA card to fully activate. It usually takes 1 hour for your SASSA card to activate but in some cases, it may take up to 24 hours. You need to be patient during this period and wait for the confirmation message on your registered mobile number. Once your SASSA card is fully activated, you are ready to withdraw your grant money.

How to Withdraw Social Grant Using SASSA Card

After activating your SASSA card, you can now withdraw your grant using your card at the ATM. Follow the steps below to withdraw your SASSA social grant from the SASSA card:

How to Withdraw Social Grant Using SASSA Card
  • Visit your nearest ATM with your SASSA card.
  • Insert your SASSA card into the ATM and enter the 4-digit PIN you set during the activation process.
  • Press the “Enter” or “OK” button.
  • Different options will appear on the screen. Select the “Cash Withdrawl” option from them.
  • Enter the amount you want to withdraw. Make sure the amount is less than or equal to your grant account balance.
  • Now press the “Enter” button.
  • After pressing the enter button, the ATM will eject your card first and then your cash. Collect both your Card and Cash. Also, make sure to collect the transaction receipt displaying your current transaction details and the remaining account balance.

This is the simple process of withdrawing your grant money from an ATM using your new SASSA card. If the ATM shows any type of error like “Low cash or No cash”, then try another ATM to withdraw your cash.

Precautions When Activating Your SASSA Card

You need to follow some instructions while activating your SASSA card. Follow the below precautionary measures while activating your new SASSA card:

  • Use only Mastercard and Visa card-accepted ATMs.
  • Make sure the confirmation message you receive should be from an authentic source like SASSA.
  • Make sure you are all alone in the ATM while activating your SASSA card.
  • Do not share your SASSA card PIN with anyone for security purposes.
  • If you face any error during the activation process, contact SASSA and report the issue

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, it is important to activate your SASSA card before withdrawing your grant money.

No, You can’t activate your SASSA card online. It is important to visit the ATM to activate your SASSA card.

Card activation usually takes 1 to 24 hours. You will receive a confirmation message on your mobile number once your card is activated.

You will receive a message from SASSA or a bank number that your SASSA card is activated. If you do not receive a message then you can try a transaction at ATM. If the transaction was successful then it means that your card is activated.

You can activate your new SASSA at an ATM affiliated with Postbank. You will see a logo of Visa or MasterCard at the ATM.

Conclusion

It is important to activate your new SASSA card before using it to withdraw your grant money. You can activate your new SASSA card at any ATM affiliated with Postbank. Make sure to check the details on the card is correct before activating it. If there is any printing error on the card then immediately report the issue to SASSA. Once your card is active then you can use it to withdraw your money at ATM. Also, make sure to secure your PIN and do not share it with anyone.

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