Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Thokozani Magwaza have not yet met to start planning the payment of social grants after Cash Paymaster Services’s contract expires in 12 months, agency insiders have told Business Day. Neither Sassa nor the ministry would respond to questions about what progress they were making with the plan that was demanded by the Constitutional Court. It appears that little is likely to happen before the April grant distributions are completed as Sassa’s efforts are focused on ensuring 11-million recipients get their grants without interruption between Saturday and early next week. Sassa has announced that grants will be available from ATMs and merchants on Saturday and from 9,000 paypoints across SA from Monday. There is concern that the uncertainty about the end-March deadline of the CPS contract will result in unusually large numbers of recipients wanting to access grants from ATMs and merchants...

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