The Black Sash welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Committee of Enquiry that is mandated to investigate and recommend an appropriate model of payment for social assistance benefits in terms of the Regulation 20 of the National Treasury Regulations 2005.
We appreciate the extension given until 1 October 2010 to be able to make this submission. We would, however, like to place on record our concern over the short notice period given by SASSA and the Committee. We appeal to them to provide adequate time for public participation in the process. We also call on SASSA and the committee to extend the deadline for written submissions as well as hold public hearings in all the provinces. Affected communities should be properly informed (by advertising on community radio stations and in community newspapers) and given sufficient time to respond to the work of the Committee and the proposed changes to the system.