South African Post Office head Mark Barnes says from the onset the post office made it clear that it didn't feel that delivery of cash in cash in transit vehicles was one of its core competencies.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Barnes says the 865 branches it will service a third of the recipients receiving grants.
In a transition period, we would want a person to be paid at a post office counter rather than at a cash point. We have never put our hands up to do the actual cash in transit business.— Mark Barnes, head of SA Post Office
EWN's Gia Nicolaides who attended the press briefing and reports that the acting Sassa CEO said government is pleased with the progress made that will ensure it complies with the directives of the Constitutional Court.
What Sassa has been doing is phasing out the CPS contract. For instance, reactivating the PMG accounts in the Reserve Bank environment and implementing a number of pilot projects since January this year so that they are able to pay directly beneficiaries who receive grants via commercial banks including Postbank.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN reporter
The new Sassa card will be phased in from now until September.
Listen to how the Post office will assist those who don't have access to their branches and what happened at the briefing.