Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. File image
CAPE TOWN - Treasury is currently giving feedback to Parliament on Wednesday on the disagreement between Sassa and the Post Office over the social grants payment issues.

According to Treasury and Minister Jeff Radebe the Post office will take over grants payments as of Friday this week (10 November).

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) has also confirmed that the Post Office will build a new integrated IT system for Sassa grants.

Minister Radebe wants to reassure all South Africans that Sassa cards will not expire on December 31.

"By next week Friday, we will have all these agreements in place, and we will move with speed with dedicated team, chaired by DG of DPME Nompumelelo Mpofu," Radebe announced.

A joint meeting of Scopa and the Portfolio Committee on Social Development have agreed to receive a follow-up briefing from the IMC on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 on progress in addressing the finalisation of the appointment of an entity that will pay social grants after the expiry of the current contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) on March 2018.
The Joint Committee welcomed the statement presented by the IMC on the decision it has taken to fast-track the introduction of an integrated payment system, which will be provided by government through a partnership between Sassa and the South African Post Office .

The Joint Committee want to resolve this issue timeously.
The Joint Committee is also interested to see what the co-operation agreements between Sassa and Sapo entail.

It is in the interests of South Africans for this process to be fast-tracked. The Joint Committee has decided that it will no longer engage with Sassa and Sapo officials, but only with the IMC. Parliament, last week, was asked by Treasury to investigate the Post Office's ability to distribute social grants.

The Post Office has said that they are ready to take over the payments of social grants, as soon as possible. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said last week that the Post Office unfortunately does not have the capacity to handle the job effectively.

The Constitutional Court has ordered Sassa to take over social grants payments by March 2018.


- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE