Treasury senior official calls it quits as Zuma takeover looms

Michael Sachs, the head of the budgeting office at the national treasury, has reportedly resigned because of interference in its budgeting process by the presidency. The Business Day newspaper reported on Monday morning that “a joint team from the treasury and the Office of the president” are searching for R40-billion in expenditure cuts from the […]
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Treasury letter – Sassa should not have disqualified Post Office

A letter by National Treasury to acting South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Pearl Bhengu says the agency should not have disqualified the South African Post Office (SAPO) from three possible services in the social grants scheme. Treasury was given a week last Wednesday to review all the deal points of the then-collapsing deal […]
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Sassa and Sapo agreement date pushed back yet again

The striking of the elusive deal between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo) has been pushed back yet again. MP’s at a joint meeting in Parliament on Tuesday heard that an offer to the Post Office to build an integrated IT payment system for a new “hybrid” […]
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SASSA Unlikely To Meet Grant Payments Takeover Deadline, Says Panel

An independent panel has filed a damning first report, accusing Sassa of blocking access to information, and of failing to have a concrete plan or contingency measures in place to meet the court’s directives. Sassa CEO Pearl Bhengu (left), Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a media […]
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Foster grants system is about to collapse – Bathabile Dlamini’s next national embarrassment?

The department of social development may find itself in a similar situation with foster care grants as it did earlier in 2017 when it missed the Constitutional Court’s deadline to take over the payment of social grants. According to GroundUp, thousands of foster care placement orders will expire on December 31, which means that the […]
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SASSA IRREGULAR EXPENDITURE GROWS TO R1.4 BILLION

In Sassa’s latest financial statements tabled in Parliament on Friday, the Auditor General says the agency did not take effective steps to prevent the irregular expenditure. The Auditor General has deemed the R43 million spent by the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) on so-called work streams to have been irregular. In Sassa’s latest financial […]
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NEW SASSA CEO’S INDEPENDENCE ALREADY QUESTIONED – FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Insiders at Sassa have reportedly labelled Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s relationship with Bhengu as problematic, questioning her independence. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) are back in the spotlight with reports on Friday morning that Sassa’s new acting CEO Pearl Bhengu is in business with Dlamini’s daughter. […]
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TEENAGERS SHOULD ENJOY THEMSELVES WHILE THEY CAN -TEEN PREGNANCY IS NOT A PROBLEM – REVEALS MINISTER OF BASIC EDUCATION

Saying that most teenage girls in South African schools are already engaging in sexual activities, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga revealed on Thursday afternoon that the rate of young girls falling pregnant while they are still in school increases every year. “The situation is getting worse every year and we have realised there is […]
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Concourt asks for a ‘bad faith’ enquiry on Dlamini and social grants.

The Constitutional Court on Thursday declined to hold social grants minister Bathabile Dlamini personally liable for legal costs in the social grants fiasco – for now. Instead it ordered a legal inquisition of sorts centred on whether she had misled the court, a process that could still force her to pay legal costs out of […]
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