How to Buy Airtime with Your SASSA Card

I always use my SASSA card for just about everything, buying airtime with it is like a no-brainer.

But, like many of you, I wasn’t exactly tech-savvy when I first started.

Trust me, the struggle was real! Figuring out apps, PINs, and card details felt like a whole new language.

That’s why I’m sharing my experience – a simple, step-by-step guide on how to buy airtime with your SASSA card.

Whether you’re topping up your phone or a loved one’s, I’ll guide you through it.

Before You Start:

Check Your Card: Not all SASSA cards are the same. Make sure yours is linked to a bank account (like FNB, Absa, Standard Bank, etc.).

You’ll need this to use a banking app.

Have Your Phone Ready: You’ll need the phone number you want to top up with airtime.

Find a Good Signal: A strong internet connection is important for the banking app to work smoothly.

Step-By-Step Guide to Buy Airtime with Your Sassa Card

Step 1: Download the Right App

Look for the app that matches your bank on your phone’s app store. It’s usually free.

Examples: FNB App, Absa Banking App, Standard Bank App, etc.

Download and Install: Tap the “Get” or “Install” button and wait for the app to download and install.

Step 2: Get Your App Ready

Open the App: Look for the app’s icon on your phone’s screen and tap it to open.

Register or Log In:

If it’s your first time: Follow the steps to create an account. You’ll need your SASSA card details.

If you already have an account: Enter your username and password.

Step 3: Connect Your SASSA Card

Find the Right Spot: Look for a menu option in the app that says “Card Management,” “Link Account,” or something similar.

Enter Your Card Details:

Card Number: The long number on the front of your SASSA card.

CVV: The three-digit number on the back of your card.

Expiry Date: Also found on the front of your card.

Step 4: Find the Airtime Buying Option

Look for Clues: The app might say “Buy Airtime,” “Recharge,” or have a picture of a phone.

Search is Your Friend: If you can’t find it, use the app’s search bar and type “airtime.”

Step 5: Choose Your Airtime Amount

Pick a Package: The app might show you different options with set amounts of airtime.

Enter Your Own Amount: If you want a specific amount, there’s usually a place to type it in.

You can usually buy from R10 up to R500.

Double-check the Number: Make sure you’re buying airtime for the correct phone number!

Step 6: Pay Up

Confirm Everything: Look over the amount of airtime and the phone number to make sure it’s all right.

Enter Your PIN: This is the secret number you use for your SASSA card.

If the app asks for a different PIN, it’s the one you use for the app itself.

Wait for Confirmation: You’ll usually get a message saying the airtime was bought.

Step 7: Enjoy Your Airtime!

Check Your Balance: Dial a special code on your phone to see your new airtime.

The code is different for each phone company:

  • Vodacom: *131#
  • MTN: *141#
  • Cell C: *149#
  • Telkom: *130#

Important Tips:

Save Your Login: Most apps let you save your username and password, so you don’t have to type them in every time.

Ask for Help: If you get stuck, ask a friend, family member, or someone at your bank to help you.

Watch Out for Scams: Never give your PIN to anyone who calls or messages you asking for it.

Banks will never ask you for your PIN like that.