We’re finally rid of CPS paying grants – Sassa
THE SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has finally got rid of Cash Paymaster Services in the payment of social pension grants.
This was the word from Sassa acting chief executive Abraham Mahlangu when the agency briefed the social development portfolio committee yesterday.
Mahlangu said the social grants were now paid under a legitimate and lawful contract, “therefore echoing the view that CPS is no more for the first time in many years”.
“It gives me pleasure to report that, after many years, today the payment of social grants happened on a legit and lawful contract, in that collaboration between government institutions managed to take over payment of grants.
“It gives us pleasure that we have met the Constitutional Court order of saying we will not use the services of CPS after the end of September,” Mahlangu said.
His statement was met with jubilation from excited MPs, who could not hide their delight.
The IFP’s Liezl van der Merwe said: “It’s a very happy day because we got rid of CPS.” Acting chairperson Sibongile Tsoleli was equally delighted.
“It’s a very beautiful day, a beautiful month. I think CPS is history.
“I don’t want to hear that name again…”
The DA’s Bridget Masango echoed these sentiments: “I must join my colleagues in congratulating Sassa and Sapo (SA Post Office) for ridding us of CPS. One is very excited at the prospect of not having CPS in the system.”
Mahlangu said Sassa had disbursed R8.4 billion to Sapo, and 86% had already been paid out in the October cycle.
“This gives us a good indication that we are headed towards making sure that we stabilise payment of social grants through government to government co-operation,” he said.
Head of strategy Raphaahle Ramokgopa said that out of 8.5 million beneficiaries who needed to be migrated from CPS to banking, 6.9 million had swopped to Sapo cards and 1 million to other banks.
The number of beneficiaries using old Sassa cards had gone down from 868 000 to 600 000.
“We hope that by November 1 we will have migrated them either to banking or the Sapo environment,” she said.
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