Sassa, Post Office to give a Media Briefing on Progress of Social grant payments Migration

JOHANNESBURG-  A media briefing is expected to be given by The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (SAPO) on Thursday, as they are expected to brief the public on the progress they’ve made towards the payment of social grants.

The briefing is expected to be held at the offices of the Government Communication Information System in Pretoria.

Sassa has a deadline of less than a month to migrate the core components of the grants scheme from Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), as ordered by the Constitutional Court, to SAPO, as agreed in December 2017.

CPS asked for a extension of the deadline, as SAPO has admitted that they wont be ready to give out payments in April. The Constitutional Court heard on Tuesday that Sassa did not have alternative plans if the court refused to extend the CPS contract by another six months.

The agency said that 2.8 million beneficiaries will not be able to receive their grants if the CPS contract was not extended.

The contract will expire in March 31.

The ConCourt was not impressed by both Sassa and CPS lack of alternatives and plans,  Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said after years of knowing the contract with CPS was unlawful, the agency was still approached the court for more relief.

He further questioned why the agency only approached the court in February not in December 2017, when they realised they would need another extension.

New Minister of Social developments Susan Shabangu and acting Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu, have assured MPs and South Africa, come April 1st all payments will come from CPS and Sassa corporate account.

She said, “On April 1, everyone will be paid, whether CPS is here or not. The only problem may be at the [cash] pay points.”

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