The Department of Social Development says that beneficiaries are misusing social grants by paying for hairdresser appointments and buying beauty products.
In its latest report, ‘Child Support Grant Evaluation released by Social Development’, the department notes that the number of people receiving grants is over 12 million, costing R105 billion for the year.
The report found examples of misuse of grants, bribery and attempts to mislead or deceive officials in order to get grants. Other problems include isolated incidents of corruption and bribery by officials themselves.
To read the article titled, “Misuse of social grants is rife,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
According to Khulekani Magubane, social grants paid by the state are helping retailers in township shopping centres weather tough economic conditions.
In this article titled ‘Social grants benefit retailers in township malls’, Magubane states that shopping centres in Diepsloot and Tembisa are consistently productive despite harsh economic condition because community members spend the social grant money.
Magubane quotes Futuregrowth portfolio manager, James Howard, as saying that, "...spending increased, and grant monies that may have been used by some community members kept track with inflation."
To read the article titled, “Social grants benefit retailers in township malls,” click here.Source:Business Day
NGOs and advocacy groups are concerned about the Department of Social Development’s announcement that more than 15 million people will have to re-register for social grants in the next year.
But Leonie Caroline, the Western Cape provincial director of the Black Sash, says that, “What the department is proposing is a massive bureaucratic undertaking,” she said. “We feel some people could fall through the cracks.”
In the same vein, Katharine Hall, a senior researcher at University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, points out that, “What is not clear is whether grants will be cut after the (verification) process. It cannot be assumed that those whose identities are not verified are fraudulent beneficiaries.”
To read the article titled, “Experts concerned by grant registration plan,” click here.Source:Independent Online
Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says the number of South Africans receiving social grants will swell to 16.7 million over the next three years.
Tabling the 2012/13 Budget in Parliament, Gordhan stated that by the end of 2011, nearly 15.3 million people were eligible for social grants, compared to 2.5 million in 1998.
He said despite the rapid growth in the number of beneficiaries, however, spending on social grants will decline as a percentage of GDP -- from 3.5 percent in 2011/12, to 3.2 percent by 2014/15.
To read the article titled, “16.7 million people will be on government grants by 2015,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is gearing itself to take over the payment of social grants when the five-year contract worth R10 billion it awarded to a security company expires in 2017.
SASSA CEO, Virginia Petersen, says the agency has started the research and design of a new model for paying social grants.
Petersen argues that a key feature of the new model would be the range of options from which beneficiaries can choose how they would like to receive their payments.
To read the article titled, “R10bn tender to streamline social grant payments,” click here.Source:The Post
A new study to be published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) next week shows that the number of children receiving social grants has increased 13-fold since 2001.
SAIRR researcher, Lerato Moloi, who states that children on the child support grant account for 70 percent of all people on social welfare, warns that this number will increase by another million by 2013.
The study also shows that beneficiaries have risen from 800 476 in 2001 to 10 387 238 in 2011.
To read the article titled, “Child grant recipients up 13-fold,” click here.Source:Independent Online
President Jacob Zuma has warned that government cannot afford to ‘indefinitely’ pay social grants to people who are not elderly and who have no physical defects.
Speaking at a business question-and-answer session in Cape Town this week, Zuma also urged the South African taxpayers to focus on developing the country rather than on feeding the poor.
He argued that South Africa had to develop programmes to reach a stage where it reduced the number of people who received social grants and balanced it with those who were taxpayers.
“We cannot be a welfare state,” he explained Zuma.
To read the article titled, “Social grants can’t be sustained: Zuma,” click here.Source:City Press
The National Treasury says that social welfare grants now support about 15.2 million South Africans.
Tabling its 2011 medium-term budget policy statement in the National Assembly, the department said that, "Social assistance and welfare services are effective redistributive and poverty-reduction measures that have expanded considerably over the past decade."
The document says the social security system needs to become more efficient, ensuring the effective use of funds and providing better services.
To read the article titled, “Social grants now support 15.2m,” click here.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it is ‘unacceptable’ that the South African Social Security Agency's (SASSA) financial resources are being ‘abused’.
DA spokesperson, Patricia Kopane, points out that "If this government is serious about assisting those who are not in a financial position to assist themselves, it must urgently step in to address the mismanagement that appears to have pervaded every level of the agency."
Kopane has further repeated a call by the DA for the establishment of a Social Inspectorate to ensure the integrity and accountability of SASSA, as specified in Chapter 4 of the Social Assistance Act.
To read the article titled, “SASSA shows disregard for poor: DA,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The chief financial officer of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Mpho Mofokeng, approved more than R500 000 in performance bonuses to 12 senior managers whose performance had not been evaluated.
Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, replying to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance’s social development spokesperson, Patricia Kopane, said an internal investigation of the circumstances of the awarding of the payments had found that they were made irregularly.
Meanwhile, SASSA spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi, says that disciplinary action against Mofokeng continues, but he could not say whether a date had been set for a hearing. Letsatsi says that the outcome of the disciplinary hearing will help the agency determine whether it should attempt to recover money from managers who benefited from the irregular payments.
To read the article titled, “Social grant managers paid fat bonuses,” click here.Source:Times Live