Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele has encouraged social grant beneficiaries to visit the offices of the social security agency Sassa and the Post Office to register for new cards.

He was speaking at grant pay-points in Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

He says they are currently visiting stations to make sure that there is a seamless transition, that people are not disturbed and they are not affected.

He says the transition is going smoothly so far, people are getting their pensions.

“We are also explaining to them about this change, answering their questions. What we need from them is encouraging them to go and register for new cards at SASSA and Post Office offices mainly at SASSA offices because Sassa is working with the Post Office. We are also saying they must be aware of the charges. They will continue to get their money in the banks – there is no problem but SASSA cards have got least charges,” says Cwele.

Approximately 17 million South Africans benefit from government social grants countrywide.

The social grants agency South Africa Social Security Agency will be working hand in hand with the SA Post Office to pay social grants to beneficiaries when SAPO takes over.