The South African Social Security Agency recently interacted with beneficiaries of social grants and general members of the public during the Human Rights Day Commemoration activities at the George Thabe stadium in Sharpeville. Scores of people visited the SASSA exhibition stall to enquire about developments in relation to the payment of social grants following the signing of the agreement with the post office as well as to seek clarity around the future of cash payments.
SASSA officials remained consistent in assuring beneficiaries that grants will be paid on 01 April 2018 and beyond through the existing channels including the post bank. Crucial information relating to the transition was shared with those who came into contact with SASSA officials to help dispel any fears or reservations they may have about the future. Many beneficiaries requested the Annexure C forms, which allow them to change their payment methods to the banks of their choice where they may wish to open accounts or where they already hold existing personal accounts but not using them to receive their grants.
Speaking during the event, the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa David Mabuza emphasized the need to embrace the ethos of Batho Pele and to work collaboratively to render quality services and improve the living conditions of the people. “We also urge our people, in the spirit of Thuma Mina, to rise and lend a hand to make South Africa a better place to live in”, said Deputy President Mabuza.
The Constitutional Court has since further suspended the declaration of invalidity on the CPS/SASSA contract through its ruling of 23 March 2018, therefore paving way for CPS to continue with the cash payments for a period of six months. It is expected that the process of appointing a new service provider for cash payments would be finalized soon to guarantee a seamless transition.