Net1 UEPS Technologies swung to a quarterly loss, as its controversial contract with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) ended and strong dollar had a negative effect. The Nasdaq- and JSE-listed company reported a net loss of $5.1m for the three months to end-September, on Friday, from a profit of $19.72m in the matching period a year ago. Net1’s subsidiary, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), reported an 87% decline due to the loss of the Sassa contract. CPS has been distributing social grants on behalf of Sassa, but the contract was declared by the Constitutional Court as invalid, necessitating the appointment of a new service provider. The SA Post Office has since taken on the role of distributing social grants to 10.9-million beneficiaries each month. Net1 UEPS said in a statement that it also incurred costs in handing over the Sassa contract to the new service provider, as ordered by the highest court in the land. "Our first quarter signalled the end of an era and the a...

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