SA Post Of­fice can’t han­dle grants

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

So­cial Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini has ruled out sign­ing a deal with the SA Post Of­fice (Sapo) for all as­pects of wel­fare grant pay­ments next year, an­nounc­ing the govern­ment would re­open the pro­cure­ment process for three of four ser­vices.

Yes­ter­day, Dlamini said Sapo fell short in three of four key func­tions in­volved in pay­ing out grants to some 12 mil­lion re­cip­i­ents every month. Sassa would start another ten­der process on Novem­ber 3 af­ter the post of­fice was only awarded one of the four ser­vices.

Sapo could not print the re­quired 4.2 mil­lion ben­e­fi­ciary cards per year that were re­quired, she said.

Nei­ther could it pro­vide a fullscale bank­ing ser­vice that in­cludes a dis­burse­ment ac­count linked to a card with bio­met­ric ver­i­fi­ca­tion data and as­sure that cards were com­pli­ant with all ex­ist­ing ATM ma­chines.

This would force grant re­cip­i­ents to travel to re­ceive their pay­outs and put their safety at risk, she sug­gested.

The SA So­cial Devel­op­ment Agency (Sassa) would, there­fore, ini­ti­ate a new pro­cure­ment process for ser­vice providers to han­dle those func­tions Sapo can­not, she said.

The pro­cure­ment process would con­clude on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2018, a month be­fore the dead­line im­posed by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for a new con­tract to re­place the cur­rent one with Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vices. – ANA

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