11 June 2017 | Media Statement
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) continues to receive queries about the expiry date of its payment cards and implications thereof from beneficiaries of social grants. The expiry date reflected in the current SASSA card is December 2017. We wish to put it on record that no beneficiary of social grants will be affected by this expiry date. SASSA is in a planning phase regarding the future payment of social grants once the contract with the current service provider CPS (Cash Paymaster Services) comes to an end in March 2018. As soon as final plans are in place beneficiaries will be informed about the updating process later on in the year. SASSA remains committed to providing uninterrupted service to beneficiaries of social grants in moving South Africa forward.
05 June 2017 | Media Statement
SASSA applied for leave to appeal in the judgement handed down in the North Gauteng High Court by His Lordship Judge van der Westhuisen on the 09 May 2017. The Judge declared that Regulation 21 and 26 (A) of the Social Assistance Act 13 of 2004 do not restrict beneficiaries in the operation of their bank accounts. What this means is that in terms of the judgement, service providers can still continue to deduct money from social grant accounts.
Home Affairs Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize led the proceedings during the launch of Child Protection Week
By Phaladi Seakgwe
The Child Protection Week was launched in the Western Cape Province on May 28 amidst a milieu pigeon-holed by dreadful incidents of violence perpetrated against women and children. The story of three year old Courtney Pieters who was brutally murdered and numerous other incidents have spurred the nation to highlight the plight of vulnerable children across the country over this period and beyond.
Observed under the theme “Let us all Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward”, government is calling upon communities to rally around their own families and ensure that children are protected.
Budget Vote 17 Speech by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, MP to the National Assembly, Cape Town
25 May 2017
Chairperson and Members of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development,
MECs for Social Development here present,
Representatives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer sector in the public gallery,
Ladies and Gentlemen
Honourable Chairperson, I rise to present Budget Vote 17 of the Department of Social Development to this august House. From the onset, I would like to tender the apology of the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu who is unable to be part of this Budget Vote debate due to ill health. I spoke with her this morning and we wish her a speedy recovery.