SASSA to Re-Activate Paymaster General Account with SARB

Department of Social Development

The Social Security Agency (SASSA) is in the process of re-activating its paymaster general account with the South African Reserve Bank.

The social development department announced this in a recent statement following an inter-ministerial committee on comprehensive social security meeting.

The department added that consultations with national treasury were underway to achieve this end.

Plans are also underway to open SASSA’s corporate account with special beneficiary disbursement accounts through a sponsor bank.

Both processes will be completed by January 2018.

SASSA also wants to insource the management of Regulation 26A deductions. The deductions relate to the payment of premiums for funeral insurance policies that beneficiaries take out on their own accord with insurance companies.

SASSA is also looking at paying grants into the commercial bank accounts of beneficiaries.

In another statement, the department has announced a planned consultation process across the country on child-related and other social assistance policy proposals.

These include proposals on the universalization of the Child Support Grant (CSG); a policy on Maternity Benefits; a policy on a Child Fund for CSG beneficiaries; a strategy on linking the CSG with other child related government services and ongoing projects around social assistance for youth and financial literacy for social grant beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament on its fourth quarter report for 2016/17.

A Child Care and Protection Policy has been drawn up.

A Draft Older Persons Amendment Bill was also approved by cabinet. The draft bill was published for comment in June 2017.

The amendments contained in the draft bill include new definitions, new provisions relating to the monitoring and evaluation of all services to older persons and for the removal of older persons to a temporary safe care without a court order, the tightening up of existing implementation and compliance measures and textual amendments for greater clarity.

Sabinet Cape Town Office