The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has contracted 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 pay more than 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 had been issued with a request for proposals, which would be evaluated by Sassa on the basis of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research findings. The ANC has insisted that Sapo should 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 2018. Sapo is also eager to participate in the distribution of social grants. The CPS contract was extended for a year on the basis of a judgment by the Constitutional Court, which is keeping a close watch ...

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