Grants check set to kick off soon

2012-02-17 20:18

Johannesburg - Re-registering more than 15 million social grant beneficiaries will begin on March 1, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Friday.

"We must state upfront that this is not a process for beneficiaries to do new applications but to verify their identification," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"Over the years, the auditor general has raised concerns about the manual system that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been using."

Dlamini said government wanted to use the automated biometric-based payment system process to eliminate fraud and corruption and to create a solid database of all beneficiaries.

"We want to allay the fears of our people and assure them that their grants will not be cut during this process," Dlamini said.

"The re-registration process of beneficiaries will be done at their local pay points."

She said authorities hoped to eliminate or clamp down on people who received social grants fraudulently.

"We have identified some hotspots in the country, especially in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and the southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal."

Details of beneficiaries would be checked against the home affairs population register, the SA Revenue Service database and the Government Employees Pensions Fund.

Dlamini said the first phase would end in May and beneficiaries should continue to collect their grants at their respective pay points, including banks.

Phase two would begin on June 1 and end on December 31.

"Sassa will conduct home visits for beneficiaries over 75 years of age and bedridden beneficiaries," Dlamini said.

"Sassa will also engage in a rigorous information campaign to educate and mobilise beneficiaries, their friends, community members, and organisations about the new system."

She said government, through the department of social development and Sassa, provided social grants to about 15.3 million South Africans, 10.3 million of whom were children.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-17 20:34

    Has anyone noticed that these smelly members of parliment of all political parties never ever fall behind with their own bloated salaries. What a bunch of losers.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 20:42

    Time to terminate this grants and use the money for job creation schemes such as funding for new entrepreneurs

      Mkulisi - 2012-02-17 20:49

      And what do poor people have to survive with, while you terminate the grants. I mean even the UK has some sot of grant system, what we need is to reduce the numbers through education and job creation 15million out of 5million taxpayers is too much for any country to bare.

      David Allen Murray - 2012-02-17 21:15

      If you don't receive a grant, it is then easy to talk out. There are genuine cases for grants and I think too that you see what we need to go through to receive it.

      chris.maakal - 2012-12-12 00:00

      What about: The government give a child grant of R3000 per month to the first child of a couple. This money goes directly to designated school & community center, and the school & CC supplies 3 meals per day to the child as well as basic stationary & clothing. BUT: If the parent(s) want to receive this grant, they must both be sterilized first. This is completely optional to the parents, nobody is forcing them to do anything. It is just a reward to ensure proper care can be taken of all children in a community.

  • David Allen Murray - 2012-02-17 21:12

    I am on a disability grant and it is too hoped that this process will be better clarified as I receive mine through the bank.

  • ISO - 2012-02-18 07:21

    We should use a system, such as the UK with gives grants to people that do not have work, seeing that job losses overweights job creation.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-18 08:34

    Does changing your car make you a better driver?

  • Winsome - 2012-02-18 20:33

    15 Million? And how many tax payers are there? How many of the 15 million are genuine cases? The mind boggles at the amount of grants paid out.

  • Jac - 2012-03-07 10:47

    We have created a platform that will help alleciate most of the social transfer concerns through social village, and would like to offer it as a service to Sassa and government

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