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Radebe: Sassa, Sapo agree to hybrid payment model for social grants

There’s still no firm agreement signed between Sassa and Sapo to take over the social grant payment system, but there appears to be commitments to use more of its services.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There’s still no firm agreement signed between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo) to take over the social grant payment system, but there appears to be commitments to use more of its services.

An agreement is now only expected to be signed on Friday, but Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe informed a joint meeting of two parliamentary committees on Tuesday morning that an implementation protocol has been signed.

This will pave the way for a more collaborative agreement.

Radebe, who is heading the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) overseeing the negotiation process, says that a hybrid payment model has been agreed to that will include the Sapo, Home Affairs and commercial banks.

A protocol has also been set up that will expand the number of services that Sapo is expected to provide.

This includes the provision of bank cards.

But Radebe says more time is needed to assess the capabilities and abilities of Sapo.

“A lot has been achieved in the 10 days towards finding a sustainable solution for the payment of social grants in the country. The commitment of the IMC and ourselves to your people is to, among other things, complete the agreement between Sassa and Sapo.”

Radebe says the IMC will be meeting with the expert panel appointed by the Constitutional Court to discuss issues it has raised.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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