11 July 2013
With the SASSA re-registration looming, many
beneficiaries are caught in the grip of panic and fear that
their social grants will be terminated.
To allay this fear and to facilitate the
process of re-registration for the sick and frail, IFP MPL, Hon.
Les Govender, who also serves as a member of the Social
Development Portfolio Committee,
arranged home visits for beneficiaries. The beneficiaries
that Hon. Govender focused more on were those who, due to their
disabilities or ill-health, couldn’t register timeously.
One of the beneficiaries that was visited by
Hon. Govender today (Thursday 11 July 2013) was 103 year old Mr
Abdool Aziz from Summerfield Road in Bayview. Both Hon. Govender
and SASSA officials visited the centenarian at his home and
conducted the re-registration process at which an elated Mr Aziz
received his new SASSA card.
“It is indeed heart-warming to see the relief
on Mr Aziz’s face as he, like so many other beneficiaries, was
anxious that the money they depend on will be stopped once the
cut-off date for re-registration has expired,” said Hon.
Earlier this year, Hon. Govender, in
collaboration with SASSA, hosted a workshop empowering
beneficiaries and Senior Citizens’ Groups with the necessary
information pertaining to the re-registration process.
On behalf of the IFP, Hon. Govender has also
been assisting with problems related to the new SASSA card.
“Many beneficiaries reported that they had
difficulty contacting the toll free number that was provided by
SASSA to request home visits. This exacerbated their anxiety. We
appreciate the cooperation of the SASSA officials who assisted
with the home visits,” said Hon. Govender.
*The re-registration process will end
on the 31st of July 2013 and beneficiaries who require home
visits may contact Hon. Govender on his cellphone to
arrange such visits.*
Pictures of the visits are available on
CONTACT: HON. P GOVENDER MPL - 083