Pretoria – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini claims the South African Social Stability Company (Sassa) has a prepare in position to just take in excess of the distribution of social grants to seventeen million beneficiaries.
This is the agency’s prepare:
– Section one: Planning for the transition which includes the phase-out of the recent provider company, which must be done between the 2015/sixteen and 2016/seventeen money decades.
Sassa has advised the Constitutional Court docket the adhering to:
“We don’t know what the most satisfactory quick resolution to the challenge may well be. We can merely say that it appears to be unreasonable for Sassa to cling to its decision to go it by itself by shelling out social grants alone if it will cause undue hold off in putting the payment of social grants on a lawful footing.
“For instance, if Sassa can operate a aggressive bidding and have a new method in position in, say, one particular year from now, then it would in our check out be unreasonable to keep on with the unlawful arrangement with CPS for two or three decades only for the reason that Sassa necessitates that time to go it by itself.
“Sassa is in our check out obliged, in purpose, to minimise the duration of its unlawful arrangement with CPS, if requires be by managing a aggressive bidding method and appointing a new contractor devoid of hold off,” it explained in its up-to-date progress report filed on March 3.
– Section two: The transition from the interval April 2017 to March 2019
“Sassa ought to utilize for Countrywide Treasury approval…It necessitates prior Countrywide Treasury acceptance for deviations from standard bidding processes centered on grounds other than unexpected emergency or sole supplier standing. This instruction is binding in terms of area seventy six(4)(c) of the PFMA (Public Finance Administration Act). It claims Treasury will only allow for this kind of deviations in fantastic situations,” it explained.
– Section 3: Full roll out of the payment prepare from April 2019 onwards
“Sassa’s perform to date has been centered on its intention to think the function of shelling out and administering social grants alone, an intention that has been expressed publicly considering that at least 2012.
“Sassa now accepts that to pursue this intention in the limited to medium term will cause undue hold off in putting the payment of social grants on a lawful footing. This will likely imply that Sassa will only be capable to pursue the aims contemplated by the progress report in excess of the medium to more time term.
“The aims that Sassa has sought to implement keep on to be regarded as the most fascinating plan aims to serve the passions of beneficiaries in the prolonged term, which includes in regard of biometric innovation.
“The Minister appreciates that it may perhaps in fact just take more time, probably 5 decades, to implement Sassa’s plan aims,” it explained.