The search for a new service provider to assist the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has been withdrawn.
The process was initially put on hold for review, but Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu confirmed to Eyewitness News at Parliament on Tuesday that the tender has now been cancelled completely.
Sassa CFO, Tsakeriwa Chauke explains why.
The basis for the withdrawal of the tender and cancellation was based on the developments that have happened in terms of what we initially thought - that the people to be serviced by the cash payments tender would be about 2.5 million but we saw that what we had submitted to the court papers had to do with the sliding scale....— Tsakeriwa Chauke, Sassa CFO
Other than that, there were other service providers that were not happy with the information that we provided. They said that information could not allow them to do a proper costing and after reviewing that we believe that the best thing to do and to comply with the issue of fairness and transparency is to withdraw that tender and cancel it.— Tsakeriwa Chauke, Sassa CFO
A technical committee has been set up to advise the minister.
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