The beneficiaries of the social subsidy have a month to exchange their old subsidy cards for new gold, according to the South African Social Security agency in a statement released Monday.
According to the agency, if the beneficiaries of the social subsidy do not, they risk not receiving the subsidies in the new year. The last day to change to the new cards is December 14th.
Many of the letters, according to the agency, have already reached their expiration date: half a million of about 10.9 million beneficiaries still have the old Sassa cards, according to the agency.
"The danger of keeping the old card is that the affected beneficiaries risk losing their profits," said Sassa executive director Abraham Mahlangu.
Mahlangu explained that Sassa and the South African Post Office ("Sapo") have been working "tirelessly to migrate the remaining beneficiaries to the new Sassa de Oro card."
The migration was part of the compliance of Sassa with the order of the Constitutional Court so that "Sassa gets rid of any contractual link with CPS [Cash Paymaster Services]".
The agency cut the ties with the CPS in September this year after the end of its contract.
The beneficiaries were warned that Sassa will no longer pay the old cards after December 14. Sassa said that the social scholarships for December could be available on November 28 at the post offices, selected stores and ATMs. Payments in cash, however, would only be paid as of December 3.
"We also wish to inform the beneficiaries that we will no longer make any social security payments on these old cards soon. For this reason, the affected beneficiaries should visit the nearest Sassa or the post office to exchange cards," added Mahlangu.
The process of switching to a new card promised to take less than five minutes, Mahlangu continued. All the beneficiaries need their new Sassa card to be their identity and the old Sassa card.