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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has contracted with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to undertake a due diligence inquiry into the capacity of the South African Post Office (Sapo) to participate in the payment of over R140bn in social grants to about 17-million beneficiaries annually. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told Parliament’s social development portfolio committee on Wednesday that Sapo has been issued with a request for proposals which would be evaluated by Sassa on the basis of the CSIR findings. The ANC has insisted Sapo play a role in the payment of social grants once the extended contract with the current service provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), terminates at the end of March next year. Sapo is also eager to participate in the payment process. The termination of the CPS contract is according to a judgement by the Constitutional Court, which is keeping a close watch on the preparations by Sassa to take over ...

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