SA pays social grants to more than 500 citizens in Namibia

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Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.
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The story: South Africa pays social grants to 579 citizens resident in Namibia as part of a 1994 bilateral agreement that has no termination date.

The background: On 19 April 1994, the governments of South Africa and Namibia signed a bilateral agreement which binds South Africa to continue paying social grants to its citizens who lived in Walvis Bay at the time the agreement was signed.

What we know: Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu revealed the agreement has no termination date. Sassa currently pays a total of 579 beneficiaries who reside in Namibia, in terms of the agreement.  It is not known what number of these hold dual citizenship.

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