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Sassa applies for leave to appeal deductions judgment

'The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) plans to apply for leave to appeal a judgment handed down in the Pretoria High Court ruling that service providers can still deduct money from social grant accounts. Sassa said in a statement that the judgment and its order "appear to have overlooked the fact that beneficiaries are at the receiving end of unauthorised deductions and it may leave them unprotected from unscrupulous service providers particularly, in the financial sector".'

Read more: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sassa-applies-for-leave-to-appeal-deductions-judgment-20170605

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Black Sash slams exploitation of SASSA recipients

"The Black Sash has condemned the ‘scandalous profiteering by Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) during its invalid contract' with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) for the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2017. This comes after papers filed in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) by KPMG on 30 May revealed that CPS made almost R1.1 billion in pre-tax profit for distributing social grants."

Read more: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=162241

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Sassa to appeal High Court ruling on deductions

"Social grant payment agency Sassa will appeal a High Court order granting service provider Net1 permission to continue making deductions from beneficiaries' accounts, it said on Thursday. Sassa had studied the judgment and intended taking the matter on appeal because of its "unimaginable unintended consequences", CEO Thokozani Magwaza said."

Read more: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/sassa-to-appeal-high-court-ruling-on-deductions-20170511

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SASSA's R6bn price-tag to take over payments

"The SA Social Security Agency's (SASSA) intentions to take over payments of social grants in the near future is attached to a hefty cost of about R6 billion. Business Day reports social development minister Bathabile Dlamini made the revelation to the portfoliocommittee on social development in Parliament yesterday."

Read more: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161690%3ASASSA-s-R6bn-price-tag-to-take-over-payments

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​Net1 scores in social grant ruling

"United States-listed company Net1 was having a good week. On Friday it announced that it had signed up another 150 000 South Africans, mostly social grant recipients, to its EasyPay Everywhere accounts between February and April — the period during which the country was watching developments around the payment of social grants with deep trepidation."

Read more: https://mg.co.za/article/2017-05-09-net1-scores-in-social-grant-ruling/

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Net1 high court victory disappointing - Black Sash

"In what the Black Sash describes as a “hollow victory for Net 1 and its subsidiaries”, acting Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen ruled in favour of Net1 on Tuesday 9 May 2017. The ruling allows for deductions from social grants to continue. Black Sash National Director, Lynette Maart, said she was deeply disappointed that the judgement will have ongoing negative consequences for grant recipients who, she argues, should be entitled to receive their grants without deductions including via debit orders. “It is disturbing that commercial interests seem to take precedence over protecting the Section 27 rights of the poorest and most vulnerable in our society to receive their grants in full” said Maart."

Read more: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/net1-high-court-victory-disappointing--black-sash

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Black Sash disappointed with High Court ruling

"The High Court in Pretoria has found that deductions can be made from the bank accounts of social grant beneficiaries held with Grindrod. Net1 UEPS Technologies, the holding company for Cash Paymaster Services – which administers the payment of social grants – approached the court for a declaratory order regarding the government’s decision to limit direct deductions from beneficiaries’ accounts."

Read more: https://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-radio/net1-subsidiaries-right-to-make-deductions-affirmed/

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ALLAN GRAY CONFIRMS ILLEGAL SOCIAL GRANT DEDUCTIONS

"Equal Education says it’s pleased that the investment firm Allan Gray has found, through its own research, that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was making deductions from social grantsillegally. Allan Gray owns 16% of CPS through its holding company Net-One. Equal Education and the Black Sash have said repeatedly that CPS was making these deductions despite the company repeatedly denying the claims."

Read More: http://ewn.co.za/2017/04/20/allan-gray-confirms-illegal-social-grant-deductions

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Dlamini fires adviser who tried to fix Sassa crisis sans CPS

"Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has dismissed her special adviser, Sipho Shezi, who along with other officials had tried to find a way of ensuring the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) could pay social grants without Cash Paymaster Services (CPS). On Tuesday, Shezi confirmed that Dlamini had informed him in a letter on Friday that his services were no longer needed. She did not give him reasons."

Read More: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2017-04-11-dlamini-fires-a-special-advisor-who-claims-sassa-crisis-was-self-created/

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What role do civil society groups like Black Sash play today?

"Civil society groups like the Treatment Action Campaign have played an increasingly crucial role in holding government to account over the course of our democracy. It is however movements like Black Sash who have had a long standing impact on issues of social justice and have evolved since apartheid. Looking at how they have managed to forge a space in public discourse, and with the changing political climate, Eusebius McKaiser spoke to Mary Burton former Black Sash president from 1985-1990, current advocacy manager Elroy Paulus, as well as Dr Mbongeiseni Butlhelezi of the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)."

Read More: http://www.702.co.za/articles/251943/what-role-do-civil-society-groups-like-black-sash-play-today

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World Bank’s IFC pushes Net1 to finish responsibility assessment

"The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation said it’s pressing Net1 UEPS Technologies to complete an assessment of its lending practices this year as human rights organisations allege that the company’s subsidiaries are improperly marketing goods and services to the more than 17 million South Africans on welfare."

Read more: https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/companies-and-deals/world-banks-ifc-pushes-net1-to-finish-responsibility-assessment/

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Sassa chief says minister lied to court

"South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza has accused Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini of lying in her affidavit to the Constitutional Court about what caused the social-grants payments fiasco. Magwaza said that he wanted to set the record straight and had asked the court to let him file an affidavit in response to Dlamini’s to reflect the 'correct version of events'."

Read More: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2017-04-05-sassa-ceo-wants-to-file-affidavit-in-response-to-dlaminis-version-of-events/

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