The South African Post Office launched the cashless ATMs at Kagiso trading, in Tlhabane today. This comes as a response on calls for more innovative ways of distributing social grants. SAPO’s Chief Operations Officer Refilwe Kekana said that the establishment of cashless ATMs within communities would assist to decongest the existing social grants paypoints and minimize traveling costs of beneficiaries to various banks and Post Office branches across the province, as it enables beneficiaries to access their grants at the tip of their hands. “This launch marks the commencement of SAPO’s roll-out of more than 10,000 of the cashless ATM devises to be placed in establishments such as spaza shops and other applicable township and rural businesses,” said Kekana. The cashless ATM devises will be placed at the spaza shops in townships and rural areas around the country.

Speaking on behalf of the Rustenburg Local Municipality, Executive Mayor, Mpho Khunou said: “We are excited about the cashless ATMs, the very first of its kind in the Province. It gives our people especially those actively involved in managing spaza shops in our communities to grow their businesses and also help our pensioners to access their grants without any hustle. This will ensure that more money is spent in our townships, before people go to the city,” said Khunou.

To access their funds the SASSA beneficiaries can dial *120*3210# from their cellphones and follow the prompts.