'We have no progress update' - Sassa, social development dept ditch Parliament

2017-10-18 11:17

The portfolio committee on social development waited patiently for a progress update on Sassa's obligations to the Constitutional Court, but they have been stood up by both the agency and the department.

Dlamini appoints acting Sassa CEO

2017-07-19 12:51

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has appointed Pearl Bhengu as interim CEO of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa).

More people on grants than with jobs, five years later

2017-06-21 10:47

There were more than 17 million South Africans dependent on social grants on a monthly basis compared to about 15.5 million South Africans with jobs last year, the SA Institute of Race Relations says.

Dlamini 'welcomes' DA submission to Public Protector

2017-04-10 10:32

Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini has said she welcomed the 'progressive step' by the DA to submit allegations that she possibly had an improper relationship with businessman Lunga Ncwana and Cash Paymaster Services to the Public Protector.

What Justice Froneman said on Sassa judgment

2017-03-17 12:18

It took 35 minutes for Constitutional Court Justice Johan Froneman to hand down judgment in the Sassa matter, including an order that CPS's invalid contract to pay grants be extended for 12 months.

AS IT HAPPENED: ConCourt extends CPS contract

2017-03-17 10:30

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the 'invalid' contract of Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to pay Sassa grants will be extended for a period of 12 months under the same terms and conditions and with strict supervision.

AS IT HAPPENED: ‘Why didn’t Sassa act on legal advice?’ - Mogoeng

2017-03-15 17:00

CPS says it wants more for the Sassa contract but is unable to reveal how much it has been making in the previous contract. Judgment is reserved in the matter.

AS IT HAPPENED: 'Crisis of confidence' in Dlamini - Scopa chair

2017-03-14 12:30

Scopa chairperson Themba Godi has said that it has become quite evident by the events unfolding around the Sassa grants predicament that there is now a 'crisis of confidence' in Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and her department.

WATCH: The Sassa crisis explained

The SASSA debacle traces back to 2012, when a R10 billion contract was awarded to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS).

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Play open cards, Bathabile urged

2017-03-07 14:31

Public interest group Freedom Under Law has entered the social grant fray, asking the Constitutional Court to order Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to play open cards and file all documents relating to negotiations and approvals for any last-minute contract signed with Cash Paymaster Services.


City of Cape Town boots Sassa out of Witsand

2017-08-23 10:02

Social grant beneficiaries in Witsand have to wake up early and tackle a 10km trek or pay a R24 return taxi fare to access services or collect grants at the Sassa satellite office, located outside of Atlantis.

Designing pension products better suited for our society

2017-07-06 12:41

Most retirement savings products are aimed at people with a consistent income and who work in the formal economy, thereby excluding the majority of South Africans. This needs to be addressed.

Parliament committee meeting cancelled after Bathabile Dlamini no-show

2017-05-02 13:25

Parliament's select committee on social services has had to cancel its meeting on the department of social development's upcoming budget vote after both the minister and deputy minister failed to attend.

Grants situation 'could have been dealt with much better' - ANC

2017-03-17 13:19

The ANC has welcomed the Constitutional Court's ruling on the social grants crisis, and says the situation could have been better handled.

Dlamini must explain why she should not pay for Concourt case

2017-03-17 11:38

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini must explain why she should not personally pay the legal costs of Constitutional Court social grants case, the court has ruled.

No calls in Cabinet for Dlamini's head to roll - Radebe

2017-03-16 14:56

There have been no calls in Cabinet for Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to be axed, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says.

Dlamini places blame on Sassa CEO

2017-03-15 09:19

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has effectively thrown Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza under the bus, saying he did not follow her advice and that he was engaging with the Post Office without her knowledge.

Dlamini has 'no remorse' - Black Sash

2017-03-11 16:10

The Black Sash has accused Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini of failing in her constitutional obligations and showing 'no remorse'.

ConCourt's stern questions to Sassa over grants

2017-03-08 15:16

The Constitutional Court has sent Sassa a sternly-worded request for details on when exactly the agency realised it would not be able to pay welfare grants by itself.

Bathabile Dlamini denies she is to blame for Sassa crisis

2017-03-07 14:17

The welfare minister has denied she is responsible for failing to ensure plans are in place to dispense grants when the disbursement contract with Net 1 UEPS Technologies ends.

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