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Clock ticks amid Sassa, Post Office deal uncertainty

The Constitutional Court has also ordered that Sassa provide a panel of experts with all details of this agreement on Friday.

A Sassa card. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the Post Office have until the close of business to seal a deal for the takeover of grant payments.

The Constitutional Court has also ordered that Sassa provide a panel of experts with all details of this agreement on Friday.

But the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, which is overseeing the negotiations, says it cannot yet confirm that an agreement has been reached.

With a little more than four months to go before the Sassa is set to meet a court deadline to take over the payment of grants, a plan to enlist the Post Office still hangs in the balance.

Sources indicate progress has been made, but the scope of the agreement is still undecided.

The Post Office has previously refused to accept an offer to only provide a payment system but not banking services.

An inter-ministerial committee led by Minister Jeff Radebe told Parliament last week an agreement would be reached on Friday.

The Constitutional Court has given Sassa until 8 December to submit its full plan.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)