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CAPE TOWN - The deadline agreement for the South African Post Office (SAPO) to assist in the distribution of social grants had not been met by November 17. 

This follows an announcement more than a month ago by Treasury that the South African Post Office (Sapo) will take over grant payments effective November 10. 

This agreement follows an arduous call for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to find an alternate payments provider, following the expiry of their previous contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS). 

The failure to source an alternate payments provider has mounted great tumult on Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini. 

Finally, following the agreement reached by the joint committee, the loose ends just had to be tied together. 

This was due to take place on November 17, with Sassa signing the agreement with Sapo. 

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However, Sapo on Monday confirmed that the agreement has not been signed. 

"The politicians and inter-ministerial committee are invited to a discussion tomorrow [Tuesday]”, said Sapo. 

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the deal to be tabled in Parliament. 

"The DA has noted plans to send a letter today to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, Rosemary Capa, to request for the Sassa-Sapo deal is tabled in Parliament."

The DA’s Shadow Minister of Social Development, Bridget Masango has also confirmed that:

"The deadline of Friday, has not been met (there has been no statement to indicate that the contract/agreement has been signed). We have been invited to a joint meeting with SCOPA tomorrow where we hope the deal will be presented", said Masango. 

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