ARTICLES RELATING TO SOCIAL GRANTS

Social grants cost SA R109bn, says Dlamini

2014-10-20 19:41

Just under 16 million people have been receiving some form of social security grant, says Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Sassa contract back in the spotlight

2014-09-11 16:48

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has given social grant distributor Cash Paymaster Services 14 days to sign a revised deal or face court action.

Sustainability of child grant questioned

2014-08-02 05:00

South Africa's system of cash grants for children now covers 11 million recipients and raises questions about its sustainability.

Corruption, welfare and SA

2014-07-24 07:24

Trust and the size of a welfare state is twin-peaked, says Geoffrey Chapman.

Minister cheers social grant ruling

2014-04-18 09:58

The social development minister says a ruling that social grant payments must continue shows the courts understand the role of grants in the lives of vulnerable people.

Sassa to issue new grant tender - ConCourt

2014-04-17 13:25

The Constitutional Court has ordered Sassa to initiate a new tender process for the payment of welfare grants, after declaring invalid its current R10bn tender.

Sassa to crack down on grant fraudsters

2014-04-03 18:59

Names of bogus grant beneficiaries will be handed over to the fraud unit of Sassa, says Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Social development budget up 10%

2014-02-26 14:38

Social development's R144.5bn budget for 2014/15 will benefit from the removal of people not eligible for grants, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has said.

Spending on social grants goes up

2014-02-26 14:02

Spending on social grants will increase to R145bn, with old people and disabled people getting their grant increased in the coming financial year.

Cash grants to poor reap dividends in Zambia

2013-11-19 12:17

In rural Zambia, where money is scarce and subsistence farming the norm, even small cash injections can help grow a local economy in surprising ways, a study shows.

Curbing welfare fraud helps save R2bn

2013-10-23 19:33

The social development department has saved R2bn this year, partly by weeding out fraudulent welfare claims, the Treasury says.

Mini budget: Gordhan unlikely to hike grants

2013-10-22 06:30

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is not likely to increase payouts for social grants during his medium-term budget, experts say.

AllPay suit: CPS partners weren't assessed

2013-09-10 15:40

The three partners of Cash Paymaster Services were not assessed in a R10bn social grant tender process, the Constitutional Court has heard.

The dependency syndrome

2013-09-03 07:01

SA must choose between entitlement and entrepreneurship, says Daniel Silke.

Watchdog to probe social grant loans

2013-05-27 22:18

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will do a preliminary investigation into claims of social grants being used to operate an illegal loan scheme, her office says.

Strike delays social grants in E Cape

2012-12-04 08:35

Payments to the beneficiaries of social grants were delayed in the Eastern Cape after Fidelity security workers embarked on an unprotected strike.

Social grants weighing on govt coffers

2012-06-27 15:33

Latest Statistics SA figures suggest social grants and a large public service are taking their toll on government finances.

Social grant spending to swell

2012-02-22 16:12

The number of social grant recipients is to increase to 16.7 million over the next three years.

Sassa gets new social grant contractor

2012-01-18 09:49

The SA Social Security Agency has appointed financial organisation Cash Paymaster Services as its new contractor in charge of social grant payments.

Another million to get social grants

2011-04-14 17:44

Another million people will benefit from the social assistance grant programme this year, says the social development minister.

Creating jobs an urgency: Gordhan

2011-02-24 11:04

Providing employment should take on more immediacy, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Creating jobs an urgency: Gordhan

2011-02-24 11:04

Providing employment should take on more immediacy, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Minister to tackle social security mess

2010-10-14 17:12

The Social Development Minister has promised to clean up the finances of the corruption-plagued SA Social Security Agency after it received a qualified audit.

 

Call to bar debit orders on child grants

2014-10-09 05:00

The National Credit Regulator and the Treasury must join forces to stop debit orders being deducted from child grant recipients, says PS & S MD Fred Steffers.

Beware of 'sharks in suits' - minister

2014-09-11 13:03

Sharks in suits are preying on social grant beneficiaries and looting their bank accounts, warns Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Sassa reviews proof of life system

2014-07-31 22:00

Sassa has announced that it has paid attention to complaints from social grant beneficiaries and will review the proof of life system.

Call to probe R10bn Sassa tender

2014-04-23 07:00

Corruption Watch says it will urge the police to investigate bribery allegations relating to a social welfare grant tender allocated to Cash Paymaster Services.

No need to worry over grant payments

2014-04-17 19:47

There will be no disruptions in the paying out of social welfare grants to more than ten million recipients, following a ruling of a R10bn tender by Sassa.

ConCourt to rule on R10bn tender

2014-04-16 18:30

The Constitutional Court is set to give its ruling on the remedy to implement after declaring invalid a R10bn tender for social welfare grants.

SA seeking new grant payment model

2014-03-26 20:01

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has urged experts to help find a social grant payment model to bring beneficiaries into the mainstream economy.

R2.1bn for military veterans' pensions

2014-02-26 14:33

The treasury has allocated R2.1bn to benefits for military veterans over the next three years as part of a general increase in social pay-outs in the pre-election budget.

Sassa halts social grant review process

2013-12-19 11:38

A spokesperson for Sassa says a review process whereby beneficiaries of social grants had to present themselves at particular contact points has been suspended across the country.

Grants increase financial inclusion - survey

2013-11-14 15:27

Since March 2012 10 million debit cards have been issued to grant recipients, following the introduction of a new grant disbursement system.

More to be spent on ARVs and grants

2013-10-23 15:56

An additional R2.2bn will be set aside to administer life-saving drugs to people with HIV and disperse social grants over the next three years, the Treasury says.

Who paid Zuma's lawyer in R10bn grants tender?

2013-09-15 17:07
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Corruption Watch is reportedly demanding answers about the role of President Jacob Zuma's lawyer Michael Hulley in a R10bn tender to distribute social grants.

Marcus: R10bn Sassa tender is flawed

2013-09-10 12:42

The awarding of the five-year social grant tender by the SA Social Security Agency is fraught with irregularities, the Constitutional Court has heard.

New card system helps to curb fraud

2013-08-20 17:36

Just under 22 million social grant beneficiaries have already re-registered onto the new system introduced by Sassa.

Ministry lauds social grant tender ruling

2013-03-28 11:27

A court ruling confirming the validity of a tender given to Cash Paymaster for issuing social grants was welcomed by the social development ministry.

Over 2.5m in SA use debit card for grants

2012-07-30 13:07

The SA Social Security Agency has seen its operating costs dramatically reduced by the new debit card payment system used by over 2.5m welfare beneficiaries.

Net1 seals BEE deal

2012-01-26 16:43

Net1, whose subsidiary distributes social grants, says it has agreed to issue about a fifth of its shares to a black empowerment consortium.

Vavi: Scrap wasteful provinces

2011-12-20 12:32

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says provinces that have abused resources should be done away with as part of efforts to tackle SA's high poverty rate.

Creating jobs an urgency: Gordhan

2011-02-24 11:04

Providing employment should take on more immediacy, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Creating jobs an urgency: Gordhan

2011-02-24 11:04

Providing employment should take on more immediacy, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Social safety nets get more money

2011-02-23 14:36

Social protection has been allocated R147bn, which Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says is practical expression of a caring society.

Official held for grant fraud

2009-08-24 22:02

An SA Social Security Agency official has been arrested for suspected fraud at the Moses Kotane Municipality offices, Sassa North West says.

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