The Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services welcomed the Post Office report that it is now ready to pay social grants.
Sapo said it is ready to pay grants on behalf of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) by April 1, 2018.
The portfolio chairperson Jabu Mahlangu said Sapo is ready to offer the following:
Opening corporate holding and special disbursement accounts, integrated payment solution, card body production, distribution and biometric engine for biometric on-boarding of new and existing beneficiaries as well as biometric authentication of beneficiaries.
“It is comforting that Sapo has been able to give us assurance that comes to the due date (1 April 2018), all beneficiaries will receive their payments without a glitch.
“Nevertheless, the Committee will monitor the project closely and be updated about achievements and challenges, starting with the production of the first two million cards by March 2018,” Mahlangu said.
The Sapo Group COO Lindiwe Kwele, said the entity is on course to produce a total of 10. 6 million Sassa-branded bank cards by June 2018.
She further said that migration of beneficiaries to Postbank accounts has commenced and is being prioritised and monitored weekly.
The Committee has emphasised the importance of an integrated communication strategy for the project, which should be tailored for the beneficiaries, in order to avoid mixed messages.