CABINET DISCUSSING SOCIAL GRANT PAYMENT CONTINGENCY PLANS
"Contingency plans to ensure that there’s no interruption to social grant payments come 1 April, are being discussed by Cabinet. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is scrambling to decide on a way to make cash payments to 2.8 million beneficiaries. Sassa has today told Parliament’s social development portfolio committee that it is still to evaluate the bids for this service, with the tender only having closed on Monday. There is just a little more than two weeks to go before the grant payment system has to be fully insourced, but Sassa is still at the mercy of the Constitutional Court to allow a six-month extension of its contract with current service provider CPS, to allow for the smooth continuation of cash payments."