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
- The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the establishment of an Inspectorate for Social Assistance will enable the South African Social Security Agency to better assist impoverished South Africans.
DA social development spokesperson, Patricia Kopane, points out that, "The DA believes that the introduction of a robust Inspectorate is of the utmost priority if the mismanagement and corruption that is rampant in [South African Social Security Agency] SASSA is to be abated."
The Department of Social Development is failing to establish the Inspectorate for Social Assistance, mandated to maintain the integrity of SASSA, despite being provided for in Chapter 4 of the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004.
To read the article titled, “Way to go for SASSA,” click here.Source:Sowetan
- Government’s social grants agency, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is working on various projects to tighten up their systems in order to deal with potential fraudsters.
SASSA chief executive, Virginia Petersen, told the National Press Club in Pretoria that they are busy with forensic and information technology audits to identify weaknesses in their system.
Meanwhile, thousands of fraudsters who were caught through the Special Investigation Unit’s probe have agreed to pay back the money.
To read the article titled, “Grants agency revises systems,” click here.Source:The Citizen
- It is better to make a difference than to be rich, according to Susan Steinman, head of the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy at the University of Johannesburg.
Steinman says South Africa needs to stimulate social enterprises which focus on creating businesses for the primary purpose of social development.
"While start-up social enterprises are grant-dependent, mature social enterprises trade in goods or services to raise income for the social purpose and in many cases show a profit," she explains.
To read the article titled, “Social enterprise will lift SA out of poverty,” click here.Source:Sowetan
- The chairperson of the National Development Agency (NDA), Malose Kekana, has called for different ways to alleviate poverty in the country.
Speaking at the appointment of the new NDA board in Johannesburg, Kekana pointed out that the one thing that the NDA has to do is to tap into those initiatives and leverage the little money that it has in order to reach more people.
Kekana says a lot of money is spent on grants and 80 percent of the budget went to indigent communities, “And we know that they spend it on food." He further says that another approach is to use respected individuals within the communities to lead poverty alleviation programmes.
To read the article titled, “Steps to alleviate poverty,” click here.Source:Sowetan