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How to Activate Your New SASSA Card in 2024 – Step by Step Process

To access your grant funds, it’s important to activate your new SASSA card. Whether you’ve received it for the first time or as a replacement, activating your card is a necessary step to withdraw your grant money. Worry not, as I’ll guide you through each step of the activation process.

After applying for a new SASSA card or renewing an existing one, it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. Upon receipt, it’s essential to confirm the accuracy of the printed details on the card, including your name, ID number, and card number. 

If any discrepancies are found, promptly report them to SASSA before proceeding with activation. Only proceed to activate the card if all details are accurate.

SASSA Card Activation

New SASSA Card Activation Process in 5 Steps

Before initiating activation, confirm the accuracy of your SASSA card details, including name, ID number, and card number.

Step 1: Visit a Postbank Affiliated ATM Branch

Locate and visit any ATM branch affiliated with Postbank (Saswitch ATM), recognizable by the presence of VISA or Mastercard logos, where your SASSA card is universally accepted.

Step 2: Insert Your Card into the ATM

Insert your SASSA card into the ATM, awaiting processing, which may extend due to initial data retrieval for new cards.

Step 3: Set Your Card’s PIN

Upon processing, follow on-screen instructions to set a 4-digit PIN, ensuring security. Confirm your chosen PIN.

Step 4: Wait for Confirmation Message

Post PIN confirmation, expect a verification message sent to your registered SASSA phone number, affirming successful PIN setup.

Step 5: Patience for Card Activation

Exercise patience for card activation, typically within an hour, but potentially up to 24 hours. Remain vigilant until activation concludes.

5 steps to activate your sassa card

Guide to Withdrawing Cash Using Your SASSA Card

Before withdrawing your grant money, ensure your SASSA card is activated for smooth transactions. Follow the activation guide provided.

Step 1: Locate an ATM Branch

Identify a nearby ATM branch bearing a Visa or Mastercard logo. These are typically situated in bank premises, retail areas, shopping malls, or public spaces.

Step 2: Insert Your Card

Insert your SASSA card into the ATM slot. Await instructions to input your PIN.

Step 3: Enter Your PIN

Key in your four-digit PIN accurately and confirm. Avoid multiple incorrect attempts to prevent card blocking.

Step 4: Select Withdrawal

Upon PIN verification, opt for the “Cash Withdrawal” option among the displayed choices.

Step 5: Specify Withdrawal Amount

Enter the desired withdrawal amount as prompted, then proceed.

Step 6: Collect Cash and Card

Retrieve your SASSA card followed by the dispensed cash. Verify the transaction receipt for details and remaining balance.


In this comprehensive guide to SASSA card activation and cash withdrawal for 2024, I’ve provided a streamlined process to access grant funds efficiently. 

By verifying card details and following the step-by-step instructions outlined, users can seamlessly activate their cards and withdraw their grants without delay. 

My aim is to empower individuals with the knowledge and confidence to understand the SASSA system effectively, ensuring timely access to important financial assistance. With this guide, users can confidently manage their grant funds, enhancing their overall financial well-being.

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