Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu has suspended the tender process aimed at securing a new distributor for social grants, after G4S Plc lodged a complaint about discrepancies in the bid procedures. "I have resolved to have the bid for the provision of the cash payment services for social assistance suspended," Shabangu said in an affidavit filed at the Constitutional Court on Wednesday. "The tender documentation fails to provide bidders with accurate information pertaining to the number of beneficiaries to be serviced." SA is seeking a new distributor of social security payments to more than 17-million people that cost the government more than R150bn annually, after the Constitutional Court ruled in 2014 that the contract with Net 1 UEPS Technologies’ Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) was unconstitutional because correct processes weren’t followed. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) failed to find a new service provider and the court intervened again last year to ...

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