Director General of Social Development Zane Dangor says Social Security Agency of South Africa (Sassa) is currently locked in negotiations with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) over a new 12-month contract.
While it appears that their people are lax about the situation, Mr Dangor says that's not the case.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
He says as we speak, there are negotiators sitting in Pretoria to negotiate a new contract with CPS.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Negotiations for a new contract with CPS are not expected to be completed before Friday, reports EWN's Lindsay Dentlinger.
Members of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Social Development have complained about being left in the dark regarding what Sassa is doing to remedy the crisis it finds itself in over grant payments.
The South African Reserve Bank says Sassa needs to act urgently in deciding how it will pay out grants from 1 April.
The bank has been briefing Parliament’s social development portfolio committee, Dentlinger advises.
There 30 days to go before the existing contract with CPS lapses.
Dangor says it's still the department's intention to approach the Constitutional Court on the matter, despite withdrawing an application on Tuesday.
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