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In most cases grant offices don't have clear “grant policies” to guide their operations and the use of grants received, says Harris Andoh.
An 86-year-old woman did not have access to her pension for three months because she lost her ID and SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) card and was unable to get new ones.
In a letter, CPS says it has not been able to successfully invoice Sassa since April 1 for various reasons and has therefore received no new payments from Sassa.
South Africa could more than halve its number of poor people to 4 million by 2030 if it addresses corruption, gets free higher education right and reduces policy uncertainty in its mining industry, the World Bank says.
The South African Post Office will be handling core functions of a new hybrid social grants scheme from April 2018. This is how much it will cost in its first year.
It is official, the South African Post Office will now be in charge of distributing SASSA grants, but OUTA wants the details of the new deal to be made public.
The South African Social Security Agency has adhered to the Constitutional Court's directive to file its full social grants plan by 16:00.
Treasury should probe the conduct of officials at the welfare agency and the social development department for possible prosecution, according to a court appointed panel.
A letter by National Treasury to acting Sassa CEO Pearl Bengu says the agency should not have disqualified the South African Post Office from three possible services in the social grants scheme.
Social spending remains a top priority for government, with expenditure of more than R200bn projected over the next three years.
Social grant beneficiaries are still having to travel long distances to collect their grants in cash, as the new payment system develops, says the Black Sash.
The Constitutional Court has ruled that former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini is personally liable for 20% of costs of last year's SA Social Security Agency debacle.
The call for state-owned banks in South Africa is not new, but this concept will only benefit a small minority. finweek contributor Johan Fourie proposes an interesting alternative.
Former Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza has painted a picture of Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini as someone who showed signs of being drunk with power.
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts has welcomed the deal struck between Sassa and the South African Post Office to deliver social grants, but has warned that "time is short".
The South African Post Office will handle core functions of a new social grants system, while commercial banks will play an increased, direct role for more than 2 million beneficiaries.
Black Sash has welcomed Cabinet's intervention in delivering a preliminary agreement between the South African Post Office and Sassa, but says the report back on the arrangement still lacks crucial details.
The Constitutional Court has this week delivered a number of new directives to the SA Social Security Agency as the clock keeps ticking in the pending social grants scheme takeover.
The striking of the elusive deal between the South African Social Security Agency and the South African Post Office has been pushed back yet again, to November 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.
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