Still no consensus between Sassa and Sapo, higher body to mediate

After a major deadlock, it seems that very little progress has been made in the debacle between Social Security Agency of South Africa (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo).

Chairperson of Standing Committee on Public Accounts ( Scopa), Themba Godi says the company that is supposed to distribute grants when Net1's contract comes to an end, is yet to be contracted.

Godi says the agreement is clear that they would like a government entity to handle grants distribution.

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We have all agreed, together with Sassa that we would want to use a government entity called Sapo to do the distribution, but Sassa would have to engage and contract Sapo.

Themba Godi, Chairperson of Scopa

It is that process of contracting that has had its own turbulence... we believe we have a mechanism through which this impulse could be broken. I am very hopeful that we have found a way out.

Themba Godi, Chairperson of Scopa

CEO of SA Post Office, Mark Barnes says if the matter cannot be resolved between them and Sassa, it should be referred to a higher body.

He says he is glad that the National Treasury has stepped in to try and assist in resolving the matter. MPs have given Treasury a week from Wednesday night to evaluate the capability of Sapo to take over the payment of grants.

Facts are now on the table in terms of the capabilities of the Post Office and what Sassa's expectations, says Barnes.

If two parties aren't able to reach a consensus they must submit to a higher body.

Mark Barnes, CEO of SA Post Office

We from the Post Office point of view have tabled down ascertainable facts.

Mark Barnes, CEO of SA Post Office

Barnes says if there is a common cause, the Post Office can work day and night even weekends to ensure that they deliver.

If we agree that we holding hands and working together, that's when we will score the goals as the objective is to score not to hold on to the ball.

Mark Barnes, CEO of SA Post Office

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