2024-w662 - 02 April 2024

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) number of officials working at the SA Social Security Agency have been implicated in explicitly going against the procurement processes of the National Treasury in the past five years and (b) action has been taken against the implicated officials?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 2 Apr 2024

a) Two (2). The cases relate to the procurement and/or management of office accommodation leases. Although there was no financial loss on the part of SASSA, the officials were found guilty of gross negligence for not renewing office accommodation leases on time.

b) The two (2) officials mentioned above were subsequently dismissed after due disciplinary processes were followed.

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2024-w718 - 02 April 2024

Karabo Lerato Khakhau to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she will furnish Ms K L Khakhau with a (a) list and (b) full description of all events planned by her department to take place before 29 May 2024 in celebration of the 30 years of democracy in the Republic, including the (i) projected total cost or expenditure of each event and (ii) breakdown thereof in terms of expenditure for (aa) catering, (bb) entertainment, (cc) venue hire, (dd) transport and (ee) accommodation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 2 Apr 2024

The Honourable Member is advised to refer to the Department’s Annual Performance Plan (APP), which clearly outlines key activities for the financial year. The Department will continue with the commemoration of annual campaigns which are not confined to the celebration of 30 years of democracy.

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2024-w61 - 02 April 2024

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)Regarding the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) in Salvokop, Pretoria, and the alleged contractual dispute between her department and Brilliant Telecommunication (Brilliantel), what total number of (a) social workers and (b) call-centre operators were employed at the centre in each year since 1 January 2013 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) what is the (a) total cost for victims of gender-based violence (GBV) to contact the centre and (b) breakdown of such costs to the victims of GBV; (3)(a) what are the full details of how the centre currently assists victims of GBV and (b) in what way has the standard operating procedure changed since Brilliantel took over the contract?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 2 Apr 2024

 

1(a) As the Honourable Member is aware, the GBVCC only make use of the services of qualified social workers registered with the SA Council for Social Service Professions. At its inception, the GBVCC had 48 social work agents and 8 social work supervisors. This number has gradually reduced through natural attrition. Currently the GBVCC has 38 social work agents and 7 social work ...

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2024-w539 - 19 March 2024

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of appeals regarding the Social Relief of Distress Grant (a) has her department received in the past two years and (b) still need to be finalised?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Mar 2024

a) As the Honourable Member is aware, social grants appeals are handled by the Independent Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals. For the period in question, the Tribunal received a total of 23 939 400 appeals for the SRD Grant.

b) The above number is inclusive of 15 343 533 appeals received for the period 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2023 and 8 595 867 appeals received during ...

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2024-w608 - 19 March 2024

Karabo Lerato Khakhau to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 94 on 28 March 2023, what are the details of the (a) make, (b) model, (c) year of manufacture, (d) date of purchase and (e) purchase price paid for each vehicle purchased by her department for (i) her and (ii) the Deputy Minister since 8 May 2019?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Mar 2024

(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(i)(ii) I refer the Honourable Member to my previous reply question (Question 94). Neither myself nor the Deputy Minister have purchased any new vehicles since the reply to Question 94.

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2024-w296 - 19 March 2024

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether she will furnish Ms B S Masango with (a) a list every SA Post Office (SAPO) payment point for SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) grants which will be closed, (b) the date of closure for each, (c) the number of SASSA grant recipients serviced at each Post Office and (d) the (i) relevant details of the nearest alternative payment points to each of the closed SAPO branches and (ii) distance in kilometres from the Post Office?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Mar 2024

a) Please refer to Annexure A for a list of every South Africa Post Office (SAPO) payment point that will be closed

b) Please refer to Annexure A for a list of every South Africa Post Office (SAPO) payment point closure dates

c) Please refer to Annexure B for the number of SASSA grant recipients serviced at each SAPO/Postbank

d) (i) and (ii) Please ...

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2024-w26 - 19 March 2024

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) What (a) number of deceased individuals continue to receive the monthly grants from the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) in the (i) 2022-23 financial year and (ii) since 1 April 2023 and (b) is the breakdown of the monies that have been lost in each specified period; (2) (a) what number of government employees receive a social grant from SASSA, (b) what is the breakdown of the grants the specified employees collected since 1 January 2022 and (c) in which department is each employee who is receiving a grant employed?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Mar 2024

1. (a) As stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question 4207, SASSA works closely with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on data validation and conducts monthly checks to confirm the life status of clients before a payment file is generated. SASSA does not knowingly pays social grants to deceased beneficiaries.

(i)(ii)(b) Please refer to my reply to Question 4207

2. It is important ...

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2024-w347 - 19 March 2024

Karabo Lerato Khakhau to ask the Minister of Social Development

What are the full details of all (a) sponsorships, (b) donations and (c) financial transfers provided for lawfare and/or any other purposes to (i) her, (ii) her department and (iii) officials of her department by any (aa) Qatari, (bb) Iranian and/or (cc) Russian organ of state, organisation and/or resident since 1 January 2021 up to the latest date in 2024 for which information is available?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Mar 2024

(a) (b) (c) (i) (ii) (iii) (aa) (bb) (cc) None

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2024-w63 - 19 March 2024

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What number of days constitute the period between (a) the date on which the SA Social Security Agency requests life status confirmations from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and (b) the date grant payments are made to grant beneficiaries once the DHA has confirmed life status; (2) whether she intends to take steps to shorten the time frame of confirming life status; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Mar 2024

1. (a) As stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question 4207, SASSA works closely with the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on data validation and conducts monthly checks to confirm the life status of clients before a payment file is generated on a monthly basis.

b) The life status (proof of life) confirmation is sourced from DHA on the day that the payment file ...

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2024-w538 - 18 March 2024

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) security measures have been put in place to ensure that the Social Relief of Distress grant system is safe and not compromised by fraudulent persons and (b) are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 18 Mar 2024

(a) As the Honourable Member is aware, the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant is a wholly digital and this exposes it to cybercrimes. To address this, SASSA has developed robust ICT capabilities to detect fraud and related activities. SASSA’s cyber-crime prevention and detection capacities include interfaces with other government departments and entities, including the Department of Home Affairs (National Population Register), PERSAL and the Government ...

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