Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) has asked the Constitutional Court for an order authorising it to make representations to the National Treasury on a reasonable fee for its continued provision of cash payment services from April 1 to September 30. CPS made the submission on Thursday as it responded to an application by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) earlier this month that CPS continue to provide the payment of social grants through cash withdrawal at Sassa’s designated pay points after March 31. The contract Sassa currently has with CPS was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court in 2014. However, in March last year‚ the court extended the contract to the end of March this year after the agency failed to find a new contractor to pay social grants from April 1 2017. In its application‚ Sassa said it had managed to make arrangements for three of the four categories of beneficiaries of social grants to be serviced by entities other than CPS. "In respect of the four...

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