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Social Development Department ‘falling apart’ – Godi

The social development department is “clearly falling apart”, Parliament’s public accounts standing committee (Scopa) said on Saturday, adding it has noted with anger the resignation of recently appointed social development department director general Zane Dangor over the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) debacle. “In our brief interactions with Mr Dangor he had proven himself […]

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Social development department DG resigns – reports

JOHANNESBURG – Social development department director general Zane Dangor has resigned his post, according to media reports on Saturday. This is the latest development in the department amid growing calls for minister Bathabile Dlamini to be fired, eNCA reported. “The political fallout from… Dlamini and the [South Africa Social Security Agency] Sassa’s spectacular bungling in […]

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Treasury denies being part of negotiations with CPS on new grant payment contract

JOHANNESBURG, March 3 (ANA) – The National Treasury has denied being part of ongoing negotiations between Social Development Department and contractor Cash Paymaster Services to renew the Net1 subsidiary’s contract to pay welfare grants and pensions payments to some 17 million South Africans from April. “Following several media enquiries about National Treasury’s participation in the […]

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ANCWL accuses Cosatu of grandstanding

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has dismissed the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu) claim that the debacle over the payment of pensions and grants “smells of corruption” saying the labour body was merely “grandstanding”. South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa), which is under the Social Development Department, has come […]

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Cosatu urges President Zuma to fire Social Development Minister

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has urged President Jacob Zuma to interfere in the looming South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) grant payment crisis and fire Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and her management team. “They have failed to deal decisively with the irregular expenditure and irregular tender procedures that have resulted in […]

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Parliament committee summons Minister Dlamini to account for Sassa crisis

PARLIAMENT – Parliament’s watchdog public accounts committee, Scopa, has summoned Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for questioning on the impending welfare grant crisis. Dlamini was due to brief the committee on Tuesday, along with the South African Social Security Agency, but failed to appear, sending the director-general of social development Zane Dangor instead. Scopa chairman […]

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Sassa seeks new deal with CPS to pay grants

PARLIAMENT – Negotiations to enter into a new contract with Cash Paymaster Services to distribute welfare grants to more than 17-million South Africans will begin on Wednesday, the SA Social Security Agency said on Tuesday. Sassa’s project manager Zodwa Mvulwani told Parliament’s watchdog public accounts committee the controversial approach to CPS would technically entail a […]