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Barnes: Post Bank can provide superior service to grant beneficiaries

After a three week wait, Bathabile Dlamini has accepted an invite to provide progress on the takeover of the grant payment system.

SA Post Office CEO Mark Barnes. Picture: @mark_barnes56/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Post Office chief executive Mark Barnes has moved to defend the capabilities of the Post Bank, saying it can provide a superior banking service to social grant beneficiaries.

Speaking before a joint meeting of two parliamentary committees on Tuesday, Barnes said that misconceptions have been created about the role the Post Bank can play in meeting Constitutional Court directives for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to takeover of the social grant payment system.

After a three week wait, Bathabile Dlamini has accepted an invite to provide progress on the takeover of the grant payment system.

But she told the committees’ members there had been no significant movements over the past week.

“Post Office said they’re sticking to the letter that was written by the CEO of the Post Office to the CEO of Sassa.”

The Post Office has rejected Sassa’s offer to provide a payment system for social grants.

Barnes says all the systems are in place to pay social grants.

Dlamini hit back, saying the Post Office did not provide this information to Sassa.