‘Radical overhaul’ for social grants system

2010-07-22 11:28

The social grants system is to get a “radical overhaul” to

eliminate wasteful expenditure, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa)

said today.

Briefing the media in Pretoria, acting chief executive Coceko

Pakade said the agency was aware of deficits, administration problems and budget

pressures and was seeking to address them.

Pakade said: “The long term plan is to develop a new payment model

which will radically overhaul the current one which is obviously inefficient and


The briefing followed a presentation by the National Treasury to

Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts, indicating that about

R1 billion was being overspent.

The turnaround strategy will include developing a cost-effective

national payment system, introducing stringent austerity measures to curtail

operation costs and re-negotiating the current payment contract with a view to

reducing handling fees.

“Already R319 million was saved in the past financial year through

this process. For the current financial year Sassa targets a savings of

R370 million,” Pakade said.

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