The search for a new service provider to assist the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) with cash payments of social grants will only be in place by July, MPs have heard.
Sassa admitted in court papers this week that there was no feasible solution to assist around 2.8 million beneficiaries – roughly 26% of the scheme, who receive their grants in cash – before the April 1 deadline.
It asked the Constitutional Court last week to extend the contract of current invalid service provider Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) for a further six months so it could continue making the cash payments.
On Wednesday, Sassa grants executive manager Dianne Dunkerley said the bidding period to find a replacement for CPS to deliver cash had finally closed on Monday.
source: Daily Maverick.