The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has offered the South African Post Office (Sapo) a contract to assist with an integrated payment system which can also handle beneficiaries' biometric data, one of only four possible services.
Interim chief executive Pearl Bengu told a joint meeting of two Parliamentary committees on Tuesday night that the Post Office is not able to meet all its requirements.
Bengu says that the Post Office can only provide one out of the four services it requires, but the Post Office says its is only prepared to accept Sassa’s offer if it is also allowed to produce the banking cards.
Stephen Grootes spoke to the CEO of Sapo, Mark Barnes about the issues at play in making an agreement between Sapo and Sassa to take over social grant payments possible.
Barnes says while they are able to provide the required service, they can do more.
That wouldn't be our core strength, our core strength is Post Bank and the infrastructure and so that would be to offer the banking services primarily which has to be part of an integrate card production facility.— Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office
The truth of the matter is that as far as the banking services concerned and the production of cards and various other things which Sassa has publicly claimed we are not capable of doing, I think we an demonstrate quite obviously we can.— Mark Barnes, CEO of the South African Post Office
Sapo has been given until today to respond to Sassa's offer, Barnes says however they have already given Sassa a counter offer.
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This article first appeared on 702 : SA Post Office refutes Sassa's claims that it can't provide required services