Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

South African Post Office (Sapo) CEO Mark Barnes said it was "not clear" what the letter sent to the Post Office late on Wednesday by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) meant. On Thursday, Barnes said he would comment on the letter as soon as Sapo was able to establish its meaning. In a statement released on Thursday morning, Sassa said it had given Sapo an offer and reasonable time to respond. Sassa said it had conducted a due diligence on Sapo. "Sassa has been hard at work under the leadership of the Department of Social Development and [the minister] in trying to find the best solution for the payment of social grants," the statement said. The letter to Sapo was sent after the release of a damning report by the panel of experts appointed by the Constitutional Court to interrogate Sassa’s ability to ensure social grants would be paid after March 31 2018 when the extended contract with Net1 subsidiary Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) expires.

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