Parliament meeting to deliberate over Sassa

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A joint meeting of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) and the Portfolio Committee on Social Development will on Tuesday meet with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

They will meet to discuss Sassa’s compliance with the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the phasing out of Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and procurement of alternative payment services.

On Monday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini announced that another procurement process will start on November 3, 2017 for the distribution of social grants.

Dlamini told the media in East London that the South African Post Office (Sapo) could only provide them with one of the services Sassa requires to pay the grants.

“Sapo can only provide 2.4 million cards per annum as opposed to the minimum requirement of 4.2 million cards per annum.

The RFP also required that Sapo disclose if any of the services would be sub-contracted, and to whom it will be subcontracted to. However, Sapo did not disclose this information, even after being requested through correspondence sent to them,” read the statement.