Can you use a SASSA card at an ATM?

The SASSA card is the primary method of accessing social grant payments like the child support grant, disability grant, and old age pension. Since it functions similarly to a bank card, you may wonder – can you use a SASSA card at an ATM?

The good news is that yes, SASSA cardholders can withdraw cash from ATMs using their grant cards. This provides a convenient way to get cash without visiting pay points each month.

Here are some key things to know about using your SASSA card at ATMs:

Withdraw Cash from Any Major Bank ATM

One of the benefits of the SASSA card is that you can use any ATM on the South African banking networks. This includes ATMs from major banks like:

  • FNB
  • Standard Bank
  • Absa
  • Nedbank
  • Capitec

So if you already use a particular bank, you can go to those ATMs to withdraw your SASSA grant funds in cash each month.

No SASSA-Branded ATMs Required

Unlike some other government benefit cards, the SASSA card does not require you to go to SASSA-specific ATMs. As long as the ATM has the Visa or Mastercard logo, you can use your SASSA card there.

This gives cardholders far more widespread ATM access options across South Africa to get cash conveniently.

Withdraw Your Full or Partial Monthly Grant Amount

When you insert your SASSA card into an ATM, you can choose to withdraw your full monthly grant amount that was deposited. This allows you to take out the entire balance in cash.

You also have the option to make a partial withdrawal of just a portion of the funds. So you could take out R200 now and save the rest of your grant money in your account for later. This provides more flexibility in managing your grant.

Check Your Balance at the ATM

Before making a withdrawal, you can check your available balance on the SASSA card by selecting the ‘Balance Inquiry’ option at the ATM.

This allows you to see your up-to-date balance and determine how much you want to withdraw. Checking your balance also ensures sufficient funds are actually available.

Knowing you can access ATMs for cash anywhere makes using your SASSA card that much more convenient. Just be sure to take basic security precautions when withdrawing!

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