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Sapo insists it’s capable of managing Sassa payment system

Sassa’s interim chief executive Pearl Bengu told a joint meeting of two parliamentary committees on Tuesday that the post office doesn’t meet all the requirements.

A screengrab of new CEO of the South African Post Office, Mark Barnes.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Post Office (Sapo) insists its capable of delivering all services required by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to take over social grant payments.

The social security agency has put out tenders for various services, including cash payments at pay points.

Sassa’s interim chief executive Pearl Bengu told a joint meeting of two parliamentary committees on Tuesday that the Post Office doesn’t meet all the requirements.

Sapo has been offered one contract but CEO Mark Barnes says they can do more.

“We could, for example, control uses, deduction on cars and those kind of things and all of those kind of things. As a fellow organ of state, there are a number of virtuous and economic reasons why a function such as this should be contained, managed and overseen by the state.”