20°C / 22°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 5°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 7°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 5°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 8°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 7°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 5°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 3°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 4°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 10°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 10°C
  • Sun
  • 18°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 14°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 15°C
  • 9°C
  • Mon
  • 14°C
  • 4°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 3°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 15°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 15°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 14°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 6°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 5°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 5°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 5°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 4°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 4°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 4°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 7°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 7°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 8°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 10°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 16°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 7°C

Cabinet discussing social grant payment contingency plans

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is scrambling to decide on a way to make cash payments to 2.8 million beneficiaries.

A Sassa card. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Contingency plans to ensure that there’s no interruption to social grant payments come 1 April, are being discussed by Cabinet.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is scrambling to decide on a way to make cash payments to 2.8 million beneficiaries.

Sassa has today told Parliament’s social development portfolio committee that it is still to evaluate the bids for this service, with the tender only having closed on Monday.

There is just a little more than two weeks to go before the grant payment system has to be fully insourced, but Sassa is still at the mercy of the Constitutional Court to allow a six-month extension of its contract with current service provider CPS, to allow for the smooth continuation of cash payments.

The agency says that it won’t be ready to swap cards for the new Post Office system before the end of April.

Neither will the new biometric system be ready by the end of the month, due to delays in the procurement process.

But the greatest concern right now is cash payments.

Sassa general manager Dianne Dunkerley has told Parliament’s committee that contrary to what the Constitutional Court was told last week, contingency plans are being discussed with the interministerial committee and Cabinet.

"We have identified Post Offices that are within a five-kilometre radius of pay points so that people are redirected to that point to go and get their cash over the counter."

New Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu and acting chief executive officer Pearl Bengu are not present at today’s portfolio meeting because they are briefing Cabinet on the matter.

PROMISES

Sassa has promised Parliament that it will have all its new payment systems up and running by September.

Dunkerley has told the committee that all beneficiaries will be paid, even though it’s still working on a plan to make cash payments come the first of April.

She said: “I’m not going to say it may be without some inconvenience or some anxieties that are not safe, but what I am saying is that people will be paid. There is no question about that.”

Sassa can’t say how much its contingency plan will cost, including transporting beneficiaries to pay points, but it’s assured MPs that grant beneficiaries will get the money they are counting on.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus