Social grants to be paid with minimum disruptions: Govt

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Government has assured social grant beneficiaries that their money will be paid with minimum disruptions.  This follows the meeting of the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Comprehensive Social Security which met earlier on Thursday to assess the state of readiness for the payment of social grants from 1 April under a new dispensation.

This comes after the Constitutional Court extended the contract between South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) and Cash Paymaster Services for six more months after which the Post Office will take over.

The contract was due to expire on March 31.  According to government, beneficiaries who receive their payments directly from the banks, those who use Sassa cards and those who receive cash payments will all be paid as usual despite the fact that the payment falls within the long weekend.

Acting government spokesperson, Phumla Williams says the Inter Ministerial Committee will interact directly with beneficiaries by visiting pay points and post offices over the next six months.

“The ministers have resolved that they will be doing road shows.  Beneficiaries should use this extension to go to the Post Office and open their new accounts to receive their benefits through the SAPO and commercial banks.”

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