Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and South African Post Office CEO Mark Barnes have until Wednesday to come up with a credible plan to phase out Net1 UEPS subsidiary Cash Paymaster Services in the distribution of social grants. Dlamini and Barnes were ordered by Parliament to come up with the plan as the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has six months left to ensure it takes over the distribution of social grants. Dlamini said in East London on Monday that the provision of social grants to more than 17-million beneficiaries would go to open tender after it was found the Post Office did not have the capacity to perform this task. Both Dlamini and Barnes were in Parliament on Tuesday for a status update in implementing the Constitutional Court order. Contrary to Dlamini’s remarks in East London, Barnes said on Wednesday that the Post Office was ready and capable of assisting Sassa with rolling out the provision of grants from April 2018. He made the comments d...

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