Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu met with the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) on 02 July 2018 to find ways of bringing the taxi industry on board regarding the SASSA payment transition process.
Addressing the members of SANTACO and the media, the minister revealed that the taxi industry will play a prominent role of ferrying beneficiaries of social grants particularly those residing in the rural areas as part of implementing the SASSA contingency plan towards 01 October 2018.
SASSA is in the process of phasing out the Cash Paymaster Services as directed by the courts by end of September this year.
Minister said it was realised that there may be a need for transport to take the elderly from certain areas for them to receive their money and safely back. “We do not want a last minute thing where we just stop taxis to take people to receive their money, we want a proper arrangement that is why we are starting the engagement with the taxi industry”, she said.
Minister Shabangu has indicated that meetings have already been held with the traditional leaders, the churches and considered it important to also engage the taxi industry at this stage to ensure that all important stakeholders in the value chain are consulted. The minister further said that the taxi industry will also play a critical role in terms of assisting in terms of marketing.
The parties are expected to continue discussions and consultations to find ways of working together.
SASSA is in the process of reducing the number of beneficiaries who receive their money at pay points.