SASSA continues with the crusade to assure beneficiaries that grants will be paid come 01 April 2018
By Phaladi Seakgwe
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.
26 March 2018 | Media Statement
The Constitutional Court further suspended the invalidity declaration of the contract between Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) by six months effective from 01 April 2018. This applies to the cash payment aspect of the contract only. In other words today's judgement makes it possible for CPS to continue paying grants on a cash basis at SASSA pay points till September 2018.
SASSA welcomes these developments and commits to ensuring that all the conditions set by the court are fully complied with. SASSA will among others continue to report regularly to the Court and the court-appointed panel of experts.
This clears whatever uncertainty was created with regards to grant payments in April 2018 particularly and SASSA would like to assure beneficiaries of social grants that they will continue to receive their grants as usual. SASSA will also ensure that their personal information is protected so that no unscrupulous financial service provider can abuse their accounts.
As part of eventually taking over the direct payment of all grants in the future, SASSA and the South African Post Office (SAPO) will make announcements on how the new system will work. In the meantime beneficiaries should continue using their current SASSA cards which are still valid.
All other beneficiaries who use other payment channels such as banks, ATM's and merchants will experience no changes and SASSA will continue making direct payments into their accounts monthly. Beneficiaries can call 0800 60 10 11 for further clarity.
Issued on behalf of SASSA
By Phaladi Seakgwe
The South African Social Security Agency held a joint media briefing with South African Post Offices to share with the people and beneficiaries of social grants on progress made on the state of readiness regarding the payment of grants leading up to April 01 2018.
“We are pleased to announce a significant state of readiness for SAPO to commence payments of social grants and assure South Africans that social grants will be paid from 01 April 2018. The relationship between SASSA and SAPO to ensure the smooth implementation of the public sector-led hybrid grants payment model has evolved positively,” said SASSA Acting CEO Pearl Bengu.
SAPO CEO Mark Barnes further said that the post office will commence with the phasing in of processes to ensure that the payment of social grants takes place without interruption as from 01 April 2018 as per service agreement between the two entities.
According to both CEOs, there are a significant number of beneficiaries who have already opened Postbank accounts between January and February and some have already received their payment for March through the Postbank.
The occasion was also used to encourage beneficiaries of social grants to choose a payment option that is convenient to them to receive their grants. The available options to beneficiaries are, cash payments at pay points, through merchants/supermarkets and through personal bank accounts.
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