THE South African Post Office (Sapo) has assured Parliament it is ready to pay social grants for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) from April 1. The portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services welcomed the news. Briefing the portfolio committee on Sapo’s readiness to take over the payment of social grants, chief operating officer Lindiwe Kwele said the state-owned enterprise was on course to produce a total of 10.6 million Sassa branded bank cards by June 2018.
The migration of beneficiaries to Postbank accounts has commenced and was being prioritised and monitored weekly, she said. The portfolio committee said the Post Office told it at a meeting yesterday that it was ready to open corporate holding and special disbursement accounts and also has an integrated payment solution. Card body production and distribution, a biometric engine for on-boarding of new and existing beneficiaries, as well as biometric authentication of beneficiaries was also ready.
“It is comforting that Sapo has been able to give us assurance that come the due date, all beneficiaries will receive their payments without a glitch. “Nevertheless, the committee will monitor the project closely and be updated about achievements and challenges, starting with the production of the first 2 million cards by March,” committee chairperson Jabu Mahlangu said.