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Post Office Will Stop Giving Cash To Sassa Grant Beneficiaries

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Cash offers a convenient solution to people purchasing goods at markets, pay for taxi ride or buy bread at the spaza shop. However, Sassa announced that grant beneficiaries will no longer be able to get cash at a Sassa grant payment point. 

Grant recipients will no longer have the option to withdraw cash from Post Offices, as announced by the Postbank and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) on Monday. 

Sassa distributes 19 million permanent grants which include the  Older Persons pension grant, Disability grant, War Veterans grant, Care Dependency grant, Foster Child grant, Child Support grant, Child Support grant Top-Up and Grant-in-aid. Many of these grant beneficiaries choose to collect cash at a Post Office branch due to its accessibility in rural areas. 

In a joint statement, Sassa and the Postbank revealed plans to phase out all physical cash payment points (CPPs), including cash withdrawal services at Post Offices, starting in January next year and concluding by the end of March 2024.

The transition will be implemented sensibly to ensure that no one is left out. The aim is to ensure continuity in the payments for everyone and that every person is paid their grant in the most efficient, safe, secure, reliable and convenient manner. 

This decision was initially disclosed in 2018 as part of a broader strategy aimed at reducing cash-in-transit heists, addressing unfavourable conditions at CPP sites, and overcoming capacity challenges at the Post Office.

Postbank spokesperson Bongani Diako clarified that while Post Office branches will continue to provide non-cash services such as card reinsurances, PIN resets, and statement printing, the payment of cash to beneficiaries will be discontinued. 

Where Can Sassa Grant Beneficiaries Get Cash?

Sassa grant beneficiaries will still be able to withdraw cash despite the announcement. They can withdraw cash at any ATM or one of the retailers that pay Sassa grants. These retailers include Boxer, Pick N Pay, Spar, Shoprite, Usave and Checkers. 

Sassa gold card social grant recipients using CPPs and Post Office branches must now use those cards at any place that accepts a bank card. This includes making purchases in any retailer that has a point of sale to swipe for goods or withdrawing funds from any retailer that provides a cash-back functionality.  

It was reported that approximately 98% of grant beneficiaries already use these challenges to collect their grants. Sassa says this indicates that the announcement will not affect many social grant beneficiaries. 

However, civil society organisation Black Sash has criticised the decision, arguing that it was made without proper research and consideration of its impact, particularly on pensioners and disabled individuals in rural areas. 

They say Interviews with grant recipients revealed dissatisfaction, with concerns about increased transport costs, delays at alternative payment sites, and withdrawal fees at ATMs and retailers. 

More than 60% of recipients expressed a need for assistance at pay points, including ATMs, further emphasising the potential challenges and drawbacks associated with the transition.

Post Office Challenges

This announcement that grants cash payments of the social grant will conclude comes amidst the Post Office’s financial struggles, having incurred a R6 billion loss over the past three years, with an R2.2 billion loss in the 2022/2023 financial year. 

As part of its business rescue plan, the Post Office is set to close 420 loss-making branches and retrench 6,000 employees, with the potential for a R3.8 billion government bailout. The plan also includes phasing out revenue streams that have “failed to produce revenue”.

The revenue services they are referring to include Over Counter (‘OTC’) payment services, which include SASSA and cash pay points (‘CPP”) payments. If the plan is adopted later this year, the Post Office will no longer pay social grants.

Are Sassa Gold Cards Expiring?

Sassa gold cards will not expire in December 2023 and will remain fully valid and operational in 2024. This guarantees that grant beneficiaries can use their gold cards, even if it is expired and they will not need to be renewed.

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FNB: Graduate Internships 2024

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First National Bank (FNB) invites South African unemployed graduates Internship Programme 2023 / 2024.

Internship Application Closing Date: 22 January 2024

Internship Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Role Purpose: To participate in on the job training by attending meetings, shadowing staff members and researching information to be used in reports to gain practical experience in the business

Responsibilities

  • Deliver exceptional service that exceeds customers’ expectations through proactive, innovative and appropriate solutions
  • Provision of an efficient execution of role responsibilities through careful and timeous planning, reporting and updating of all related information in the relevant role of learning
  • Participate in the innovation process in the business and contribute toward new innovations against objectives
  • Participation in knowledge sharing and projects to maximise skills required for the role and relevant career exploration by executing all activities required to be efficient and successful
  • Manage graduate development plan by completion of training assignments
  • Manage graduate development plan to increase own competencies and skills by attendance of training
  • Manage own development to increase own competencies
  • Live the values of the business through demonstrating and displaying of the values required in the business

Required Qualifications:

Recent Graduates / Final year University degrees in:

  • Commerce (Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Economics etc),
  • Actuarial Science,
  • Maths,
  • Statistics,
  • Engineering,
  • Marketing,
  • HR,
  • Industrial Psychology,
  • Information Systems,
  • Computer Science,
  • This is not an exhaustive list of degrees

How to Apply

Apply Online for the FNB: Graduate Internship Programme 2024

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Eskom: Graduate In Training Internships 2024

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Eskom invites South African unemployed graduates to apply for Graduate-In-Training Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Internship Closing Date: 12 January 2024

Business Integration & Performance Management (BIPM)

Minimum Requirements
•B Degree in Industrial Engineering/Data Science/ Commerce/Information Technology/Information Management/ Engineering

Skills and Competencies
Good communication skills
• Have the ability to understand technical concept
• Be safety conscious
• Have conscientious and self-discipline approach
• Be responsible and committed
• Have emotional resilience
• Have the ability to perform physical work
• Positive attitude
• Be able to work as part of a team

Property Management

Minimum Requirements
•B Degree in Property Management/Real Estate/Electrical/Mechanical

Skills and Competencies
Good communication skills
• Have the ability to understand technical concept
• Be safety conscious
• Have conscientious and self-discipline approach
• Be responsible and committed
• Have emotional resilience
• Have the ability to perform physical work
• Positive attitude
• Be able to work as part of a team

How to apply

Clcik here to apply for Business Integration & Performance Management (BIPM) Internships

Click here to apply for Property Management Internships

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iStore: Business Graduates Internships 2024

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iStore invites unemployed graduates to apply for Business Graduates Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Location: SandtonGauteng, South Africa

Internship Closing Date: Not specified

Join the iStore Graduate Entrepreneurial Program 

Are you a talented, ambitious, and innovative individual with a passion for technology and entrepreneurship? iStore is on the lookout for dynamic individuals like you to become part of our fast-growing company! Whether you have prior work experience or not, we welcome you to embark on an exciting journey with us.

About iStore:

At iStore, we are constantly seeking “What’s Next” – the next big idea, the next challenge, and the next opportunity to disrupt the norm. We are committed to making not only iStore but also the world a better place through innovation. As part of our Graduate Programme, you will have the chance to work on cutting-edge projects and contribute to shaping the future.

Why Choose iStore:

  • Leadership and Mentorship: Join our diverse teams and benefit from the guidance of experienced leaders who will help you navigate the multifaceted challenges and opportunities unique to iStore and other tech brands.
  • Hands-On Learning: No prior experience in our respective sectors is required. We believe in learning by doing, and you will receive on-the-job training to equip you with the skills needed to excel.

About Us:

Working at iStore’s head office (Core Group) is more than just a job; it’s a chance to build a career where your aspirations matter. Your voice will be heard, your ideas celebrated, and your potential nurtured. By joining us, you become an integral part of our progressive organization, shaping the future of some of the world’s most iconic brands.

Why Join Us:

  • Endless Possibilities: Experience the vast possibilities that only one of the best consumer electronics leaders can offer. Every project, brand, and initiative you work on will have a positive impact.

About You:

  • Educational Qualifications: A tertiary or postgraduate qualification would be advantageous.
  • South African Citizen: We welcome applications from South African citizens.
  • 1-2 Years of Experience: While experience is beneficial, it is not a requirement. We value your potential and your willingness to learn and grow with us.

If you’re ready to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit, drive innovation, and shape the future of technology, we encourage you to apply for the iStore Graduate Entrepreneurial Program today!

How to apply

Click here to apply online

iStore invites unemployed graduates to apply for Business Graduates Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Location: SandtonGauteng, South Africa

Internship Closing Date: Not specified

Join the iStore Graduate Entrepreneurial Program 

Are you a talented, ambitious, and innovative individual with a passion for technology and entrepreneurship? iStore is on the lookout for dynamic individuals like you to become part of our fast-growing company! Whether you have prior work experience or not, we welcome you to embark on an exciting journey with us.

About iStore:

At iStore, we are constantly seeking “What’s Next” – the next big idea, the next challenge, and the next opportunity to disrupt the norm. We are committed to making not only iStore but also the world a better place through innovation. As part of our Graduate Programme, you will have the chance to work on cutting-edge projects and contribute to shaping the future.

Why Choose iStore:

  • Leadership and Mentorship: Join our diverse teams and benefit from the guidance of experienced leaders who will help you navigate the multifaceted challenges and opportunities unique to iStore and other tech brands.
  • Hands-On Learning: No prior experience in our respective sectors is required. We believe in learning by doing, and you will receive on-the-job training to equip you with the skills needed to excel.

About Us:

Working at iStore’s head office (Core Group) is more than just a job; it’s a chance to build a career where your aspirations matter. Your voice will be heard, your ideas celebrated, and your potential nurtured. By joining us, you become an integral part of our progressive organization, shaping the future of some of the world’s most iconic brands.

Why Join Us:

  • Endless Possibilities: Experience the vast possibilities that only one of the best consumer electronics leaders can offer. Every project, brand, and initiative you work on will have a positive impact.

About You:

  • Educational Qualifications: A tertiary or postgraduate qualification would be advantageous.
  • South African Citizen: We welcome applications from South African citizens.
  • 1-2 Years of Experience: While experience is beneficial, it is not a requirement. We value your potential and your willingness to learn and grow with us.

If you’re ready to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit, drive innovation, and shape the future of technology, we encourage you to apply for the iStore Graduate Entrepreneurial Program today!

How to apply

Click here to apply online

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