PRETORIA, The South African Social Security Agency has made an offer to the South African Post Office to take over the payment of social grants to some 17 million recipients of the State aid.

The offer was made following talks between the two entities on Wednesday. The deal to shift the payment channel of 17 million social grant beneficiaries comes after the Constitutional Court ruling which found the agreement between SASSA and the current grant distributor, Cash Payment Services, was invalid.

The Spokesperson of the Department of Social Development, Lumka Oliphant, said Thursday: Sassa has given the Post Office an offer and has given them a reasonable time to respond. This is after due diligence was conducted on SAPO.

"SASSA has been hard at work under the leadership of the Minister in trying to find the best solution for the payment of social grants. The Minister indicated that the Post Office as a State entity could play a role as merchants where they meet SASSA mandatory operations.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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