Distributing virtual instead of physical vouchers are a speedy and secure way to reach the hundreds of thousands of people in need since lockdown and will assist the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to roll out food assistance at scale after President Ramaphosa’s announcement last night.
The Shoprite Group’s virtual vouchers is a technology-based solution, with very tight security allowing payment by card or EFT transfer and can be done in bulk, to provide food assistance quickly, efficiently and directly to economically destitute citizens.
Tens of thousands of virtual grocery vouchers have already been distributed to South Africans in need after the Group launched this offering via its affiliate Computicket at the beginning of April 2020.
In addition to buying virtual vouchers to help individuals, they can also be purchased for vetted non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) working to address food insecurity in local communities.
Virtual vouchers are sent via SMS to a recipient’s mobile phone within an hour of being purchased and can be redeemed immediately at any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave store, or can be loaded onto a gift card to allow multiple use and top up.