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Dlamini: Sassa has 5-year plan for takeover of grant payments

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says that Sassa has begun collaborating with the Post Office with the view to work together to ensure payment of social grants beyond March 2018.

Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu (left), Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a media briefing. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says that the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has outlined a 5-year plan for the takeover of the payment of grants.

Addressing members of the media for the inter-ministerial committee on comprehensive social security, Dlamini outlined the progress made by the Sassa towards the implementation of the Constitutional Court orders as directed on 17 March this year.

The minister says that Sassa has issued a request for quotations to four service providers.

She adds that a due diligence report into the Post Office has been completed.

"Due to the fact that this is a highly specialised and technical field, Sassa issues a request for a quotation to appoint a service provider for this purpose. This process did not yield the desired results."

Dlamini says that Sassa has begun collaborating with the Post Office with the view to work together to ensure payment of social grants beyond March 2018.