Amid the department of Social Development’s social grants crisis, the South African Post Office has come forward to offer assistance with paying beneficiaries on 1 April.
CEO Mark Barnes has suggested two alternative systems to solve the crisis, including one that could be implemented within days. Barnes submitted an affidavit dated 13 March to the Constitutional Court as part of the Post Office’s application to be admitted as a friend of the court in the Black Sash vs Sassa matter due to be heard today.
On how the Post Office could assist, Barnes said "Pay points would include SAPO branches as well as the 10 000 locations managed by the current cash-in-transit service provider. Identity documents and identity cards would be checked to ensure that the right people are paid the right grants after comparing to Sassa's SOCPEN database"
The long term solution would require Cash Paymaster Services to assist the Post Office for a maximum of twelve months as the Post Office prepares to take over.
The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) is facing added pressure to find a solution after CPS said it would not be able to pay social grants from April 1 if an agreement is not reached by Thursday.
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