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Minister Dlamini announces proposed changes to Social Assistance Act

The proposed amendments will increase some social grants and aims to address bottlenecks in the system.

FILE: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has announced proposed amendments to the Social Assistance Act that will increase some social grants and aims to address bottlenecks in the system.

At a briefing in Cape Town yesterday, Dlamini said that the public participation process will now begin.

Among the four changes are plans to reduce the amount of time it takes for a grant beneficiary to lodge an appeal.

Another amendment to the Act proposes a Sassa oversight inspectorate, to address fraud and corruption in the system.

Acting Director General in the department, Brenton van Vrede, says the other amendments aim to increase benefit levels.

“We are looking at providing funeral benefits. There will also be other options such as savings accounts, so that beneficiaries can save their money in a safe space.”

The fourth amendment aims to increase the value of child support grants to orphans and children in child-headed homes.

The public has two months to submit their comments before the proposal is discussed in the National Assembly.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)