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Meetings between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to discuss disputes over contracts in the Limpopo and North West, will get under way in July, the agency said on Thursday. This was after Mail & Guardian reported that CPS was demanding that Sassa pay it more than R1bn, in a dispute stretching over grant payment service contracts. The newspaper reported that the revelations were contained in documents and correspondence between the agency and CPS, which showed that the two had been at odds over the claim since 2006. In a series of letters CPS reportedly wrote to Sassa between 2009 and 2010, the company claims it suffered damages because the agency had sidelined it by entering into agreements with banks to provide services to new social grant recipients. This meant that CPS lost out, Mail & Guardian reported. However, Sassa acting CEO Pearl Bhengu denied this. She said the contracts in question had been concluded in 2009 for the Easter...

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