Can SASSA Cards Be Used At ATMs?

If you're a beneficiary of a SASSA grant then you may be wondering whether you are able to withdraw your payment from the ATM using your SASSA card, keep reading to find out. 


The South African Social Security Agency, commonly known as SASSA, provides financial relief to poor and vulnerable South Africans. 

These social grants are provided to help improve standards of living in society and are given to people who are vulnerable to poverty and in need of state support, which include older people, people with disabilities, and people with young children.

Beneficiaries of the SASSA grants have access to many different methods of withdrawing their payments, so can you use your SASSA card to withdraw your money from the ATM? 

The answer is yes you can. 

SASSA makes use of a card payout grant system which makes it possible for beneficiaries to withdraw their grant payments from a South African Post Office (SAPO) or any ATM of the major banks in the country. 

During the Covid-19 lockdown, ATM bank charges were waivered for SASSA beneficiaries and they were encouraged to opt to receive their grant payments into a bank account that is in their name to avoid having to queue outside of Post Offices. In this way they can simply withdraw the money sent to their account from an ATM. 

How to use your SASSA card at ATM: 

  1. Insert your card into the slot (usually has a green flashing light around it)
  2. Type in your PIN code and press the green button on the ATM.
  3. Select the CURRENT ACCOUNT (or CHEQUE ACCOUNT) option –  this is very important!
  4. Choose the amount you wish to withdraw.
  5. Take your card and your money.

For more information about SASSA grants visit their website.

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