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The government claims that the Sassa Grant Payment System has been fully restored

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The government claims that the Sassa Grant Payment System has been fully restored

Thousands of grant beneficiaries were left disappointed in September after they were unable to collect their Sassa grant payments. The government has revealed what is being done to ensure these vulnerable individuals receive their money. 

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Mondli Gungubele read out a joint apology on behalf of several government departments regarding the non-payment of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants to thousands of beneficiaries in September 2023. 

The Minister assured grant recipients that the system is now fully restored and operational. They declared that Systems challenges experienced in September 2023 are a thing of the past.

The manual process of reversing outstanding funds in exceptional cases where beneficiaries are not credited their money as yet or where the full amount due to them has not been credited in full is receiving urgent attention.

We acknowledge the financial and logistical inconvenience that the system failure has caused to the millions of our people who depend solely on social grants for survival. We profusely apologise to those affected as we are aware of the grave inconvenience this has caused. We want to assure the public that government is committed to continuously improving our systems to provide a reliable service. 

The technical issue, which affected Postbank on both Tuesday, 5 September 2023 and Wednesday 6 September 2023, has led to a backlog of funds yet to be credited to the accounts of affected beneficiaries. 

The technical issues impacted pensioners and disabled people who hold Postbank Gold Cards. These pensioners and disabled people visited grant payment points on dates dictated by the Sassa grant payment schedule. 

Grant payment backlogs primarily impacted beneficiaries who experienced transaction timeouts while attempting to withdraw their Sassa funds on Tuesday and the early part of Wednesday when the old-age and disability grants were being paid.

During the occurrence of technical challenges, grant funds were not automatically reserved in the bank accounts of individuals attempting withdrawals. To rectify this, Postbank has initiated the process of manually reversing these funds into the bank accounts of affected grant beneficiaries.

Around 600,000 people were affected by this. The majority of these individuals have since been paid their grants according to the minister. However, the manual reversal of grant funds is a timely process and some grant beneficiaries have not yet received their grant money. 

The reversal process commenced last week and remains ongoing. The manual reversing of transactions is a timely process. The Postbank CEO said around 90% of the 600,000 people have been paid their grants. 

The Postbank noted with concern occurrences where individuals were attempting to defraud the Postbank and receive a second grant payment by claiming they were not paid even if they had received their money. The Postbank is confident in its ability to prevent the double payment of social grants. 

Postbank has confirmed that children’s grant payments scheduled for Thursday, 7 September 2023 proceeded without issues across all grant payment channels

Sassa Gold Cards Still Valid

Minister Gungubele has said that grant beneficiaries do not need to apply for new Sassa cards. This comes after several grant beneficiaries were reportedly informed that they needed to renew their Sassa gold cards to access their grants. 

Sassa announced that the validity of all gold cards would be extended until 31 December 2023. This announcement, made in May 2023 meant that grant beneficiaries can use their expired Sassa Gold Cards until the end of the year. This remains the case according to Gungubele. 

The decision to extend the validity of Sassa gold cards was made as thousands of beneficiary gold cards were expiring and the capacity to replace expired gold cards was not available. 

The Strategy To Replace Expiring Sassa Gold Cards 

The DSD says the Postbank will continue with the issuance of new Sassa Gold Cards to beneficiaries. There are also plans in place that will leverage the vast footprint of retail stores to assist in the issuance of new Sassa Gold Cards. 

Postbank has also reached an agreement with certain merchants who will assist them with the issuing of cards. More information on this will be communicated by the Postbank in due course. 

Grant beneficiaries may also elect to change their grant payment and have their money paid directly into their bank account. Beneficiaries can visit their nearest Sassa office to change their grant payment method.

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FNB: Graduate Internships 2024

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FNB: Graduate Internships 2024

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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