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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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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EXCLUSIVE: Cash Paymaster Systems made R1-billion profit paying social grants

Over the past five years Cash Paymaster Systems recorded a pre-tax profit of R1.1-billion from paying social grants on behalf of the government, the outsourced service provider told the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. After tax the net profit came to R705-million, the now infamous American-listed company said. That translates to a profit to shareholders of […]
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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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Sassa’s R2bn funeral insurance rip-off

Yet again we’ve been reminded of just how awkward a liability social development minister Bathabile Dlamini is for her department as it battles to resolve the overwhelming difficulties with social grant distribution. Horror at the prospect of the department and the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) managing “26A deductions” — third-party deductions from social grants […]
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