SA scrambles as R100bn in welfare threatened

2017-01-18 18:34

The Post Office believes it’s best-placed to distribute grants worth over R100bn a year to more than 17 million people as the government is set to miss a deadline to appoint a new distributor .

MEC warns of Sassa scam

2016-12-06 19:09

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz has warned social grant recipients of a scam involving people being asked to divulge their pin numbers in exchange for a Christmas hamper.

Minister to make announcement on social grant payments switchover

2016-11-28 18:34

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is soon to make an announcement about the payment of social grants by Sassa, amid fears of a disaster when the agency takes over direct payments.

Sassa roasted over R1.1bn irregular expenditure

2016-11-23 18:05

The South African Social Security Agency has received a roasting from Parliament's standing committee on public accounts over R1.1bn in irregular expenditure.

Sassa's irregular expenditure skyrockets 1000% to R1.1 billion

2016-10-13 17:24

Sassa's irregular expenditure over the last financial year skyrocketed by over 1000%, from R93m in 2014/15 to over R1bn in 2015/16.

R10m damage caused by KZN protest

2016-09-06 21:36

Damage estimated at R10 million was caused during a protest against a councillor in the Mshwathi local municipality, the KwaZulu-Natal government says.

Sassa breached constitution, claims Net 1

2016-08-02 17:06

Net 1 says the South African Social Security Agency has breached the constitution by amending regulations to prevent deductions from payments to beneficiaries.

Ban on welfare grant deductions unlawful - Grindrod

2016-06-21 18:19

Grindrod Bank has accused the South African Social Security Agency of acting unlawfully when it ordered the lender to halt deductions for services and goods from the accounts.

Sassa has misinterpreted new laws - Grindrod

2016-06-16 12:25

The South African Social Security Agency has misinterpreted the amended regulations under the Social Assistance Act, says Grindrod Bank.

Net 1 seeks clarity after SA stops welfare deductions

2016-06-06 18:58

Net 1 UEPS Technologies has asked a high court to rule on whether a ban on direct deductions from grants applies to all services or just life insurance.


Govt ‘ignored’ Sarb advice on R129bn grants tender

2016-12-14 18:31

The Social Development Department’s ability to continue to make monthly welfare payments to about 17 million people is in jeopardy because it ignored advice from Sarb.

MPs 'alarmed' as Sassa mum on readiness to take over grant scheme

2016-11-30 19:55

The SA Social Security Agency has still not decided on a system to oversee the distribution of grants to 22 million people, despite facing a deadline of April 1, MPs have heard.

No answers from minister on social grants scheme takeover

2016-11-23 18:09

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has told MPs she is not yet able to provide answers about her department's readiness to take over the social grants scheme.

Sassa funeral benefits one step closer - minister

2016-11-01 18:43

The addition of funeral benefits for the elderly in the proposed amendments to the Social Assistance Act will mean more money in the pockets of beneficiaries, the department has said.

Mystery grant deductions leave destitute mother with R20

2016-09-12 09:44

Thousands of grant beneficiaries go home each month with less money than they should because of unauthorised or illegal deductions for loans, airtime, electricity and other services.

Net 1 boss 'doesn't care' about grants court challenge

2016-08-30 10:13

Net 1 CEO Serge Belamant says he isn’t "remotely concerned" about a court case that could stop deductions for services such as funeral insurance from social grants.

Explainer: Can SA banks legally deduct from social grants?

2016-06-22 07:43

Pieter Koornhof looks at a major issue playing out where social security, banking, property, criminal and constitutional law intersect.

Sassa fraudster turns State witness, gets suspended sentence

2016-06-21 13:06

A woman arrested for defrauding the South African Social Security Agency of millions has been handed a suspended sentence after she agreed to testify for the State.

Sassa to file criminal case over grant deductions

2016-06-15 09:03

Social security agency Sassa, which oversees grant payments to over 16 million people, will file a criminal case against Grindrod and a unit of Net 1 UEPS Technologies over deductions.

New social grant regulations face court challenge

2016-06-05 11:41

Electronic payments company Net1 UEPS Technologies has launched a court challenge of a government decision to limit direct deductions from social grants.

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