Sassa understands govt insourcing best for grants payment

Sassa has therefore resolved to collaborate with the Sapo to ensure a seamless phasing out of the current service provider, CPS.

Sassa cards. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG – The inter-ministerial committee on social security says South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) understands that to ensure the uninterrupted payment of social grants, its best option was to consider insourcing within government.

Sassa has therefore resolved to collaborate with the South African Post Office (Sapo) to ensure a seamless phasing out of the current service provider Cash Paymaster Services in compliance with the constitutional court order given earlier this year.

The committee led by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has announced that the phasing out of the current contract with cash paymaster services will begin immediately.

Minister Radebe says the new contract will allow flexibility for beneficiaries to access their payments, access to funds in the most remote parts of the country and safeguard and protect the dignity of all beneficiaries.

“One of the primary objectives of this phasing is to fundamentally reduce cash payments for security, efficiency and cost saving purposes.”

Radebe says the new system also aims to reduce fraud and corruption within the system.
“Provisioning of consistent payment of the right grant, to the right person, at the right time.”

Sassa cards will remain vaild for now.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)