The Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo) will on Wednesday return to the negotiating table after significant pressure from MPs to reach an agreement over the distribution of social grants.
The chair of Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts, Themba Godi, has given the two parties until six o’ clock on Wednesday evening to submit a report.
Sassa, Sapo, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Siyabonga Cwele, the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, appeared before a joint meeting in Parliament on Tuesday.
Godi says, “What we say to them is go talk and reach an agreement. What shape and form that agreement will reach, we will not be able to dictate, otherwise we could have just instructed.”
“The purpose of negotiations is to try and close the gap that exists amongst them,” adds Godi.