2020-w1853 - 21 September 2020

Delisile Blessing Ngwenya to ask the Minister of Social Development

The SA Social Security Agency has reported that over 7 million Social Relief of Distress grant applications were received from May 2020 with just over 5 million applications approved and out of the 5 million approved applications, only 4 million applicants have been paid out, by what date will she ensure that all the approved applications are paid out?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Sep 2020

For the month of May the following represents the applications received and paid:

Many applications and queries were received after the special relief grant was announced, but after all duplicate applications were removed, 6 605 445 applications remained that represented a single, complete application per applicant.

These 6 605 445 applications were all validated against databases such as UIF, NSFAS, IRP-5, National Population Register ...

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2020-w1350 - 21 September 2020

Haseena Ismail to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a) total number of food parcels did her department distribute in the City of Ekurhuleni since 26 March 2020 and (b) is the total breakdown of the number of food parcels distributed in each ward?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Sep 2020

a) The total number of food parcels distributed by SASSA and DSD in the City of Ekurhuleni since 26 March 2020 is 73 089 as reflected below, 2 929 by SASSA and 70 160by DSD.

b) Breakdown per ward of SASSA food parcels distributed is detailed in the table below:

Local Office Name

Number of parcels = 2929

Ward Number(s) or Local Office

Germiston ...

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2020-w1983 - 21 September 2020

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 829 on 11 June 2020, and the indication by the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) in a Portfolio Committee on Social Development on 13 May 2020 that it was in the process of restructuring its operating model, which will likely include a reduction in the number of SASSA’s regional offices, what (a) is the current organogram of SASSA which includes (i) regional, (ii) provincial and (iii) district offices, (b) are the full names and titles of the current managers at each specified office, (c) are the reporting lines for the managers in the offices and (d) is the physical addresses of the regional, provincial and district offices?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Sep 2020

(a)(b)and (c)

In line with the reply provided in Question 829, SASSA’s proposed operating model has not been implemented. However, the three existing Regional Executive Managers have been seconded on a temporary basis to manage additional Regions each for a period of six months. The secondments are in line with the Staffing Practices Policy of SASSA.

The full names and titles ...

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2020-w1896 - 17 September 2020

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

How regularly does the SA Social Security Agency update its systems to ensure that all persons who receive grants (a) are alive and (b) meet the requirements to benefit from grants?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Sep 2020

a) All active grants are systematically checked against the Department of Home Affairs on a monthly basis, before payments are extracted for payment in the following month. All deaths which are registered with the Department of Home Affairs at the time of the monthly check result in the immediate cancellation of the grant.

b) Regulation 27(2) to the Social Assistance Act, Act 13 ...

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2020-w1327 - 17 September 2020

Chantel King to ask the Minister of Social Development

What is her department’s involvement in the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Sep 2020

The Department is part of the National Food and Nutrition Security Co-ordinating Committee and is a lead department working on the Strategic Objective 3 together with the Department of Basic Education, Health; Home Affairs; Provinces and local government; Civil Society; Development Partners.

Strategic Objective 3

NFNSP Strategic Objective

Rationale

Strategic Objective 3. Expand targeted social protection measures and sustainable livelihood programmes

  • Social protection and ...
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2020-w1457 - 17 September 2020

Marie Elizabeth Sukers to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) What is the breakdown of the costs incurred by her department in theDemocratic Alliance court case and that of1000 Women Trust that was decided on 22 May 2020 in the Cape High Court over the enforced ban on soup kitchens and food distribution regulations and (b) how will these costs impact on her department; (2) whether the legal action could have been avoided through the less expensive and more fruitful course of consultation with the litigating parties; if not, why not; if so, (a) was the course of consultation with the litigating parties pursued and (b) what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Sep 2020

1. (a) The Department has not yet been invoiced for the applicant’s costs.

(b) The impact on the department will be that the legal costs are not budgeted for.

(2)  (a) No;

(b) The applicants launched an urgent court application based on internal document which were still being consulted. The department did engage the applicants but did not agree on the material facts ...

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2020-w1495 - 17 September 2020

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

What steps will the SA Social Security Agency take to (a) proceed to back pay or catch up with the R350 grant payments that did not occur for the month of May and (b) ensure that payments are made to all approved applicants for the promised six months which ends in October 2020?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Sep 2020

a) SASSA is currently finalising all payments for applications approved for May 2020. Of the 4 424 720applications approved for payment in May, a total of 3 429 810 had been paid by 8 July 2020. The delay in paying the remainder was as a result of approximately 1 million additional applications being approved, after SASSA reconsidered all previously declined applications against the ...

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2020-w1195 - 17 September 2020

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department has any contractual agreements with (a) a certain company (name furnished) and (b) its affiliates; if so, will she furnish Ms A L A Abrahams with the (i)(aa) memorandum of understanding and (bb) service-level agreements between her department and (aaa) the specified company and (bbb) its affiliates and (ii) names of the members of boards of directors of (aa) the specified company and (bb) its affiliates; if not, why not; if so, by what date, in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Sep 2020

National Assembly written Reply: 1195 of 2020

(a)

Company

(b)

Affiliates

(i)(aa)(bb)(aaa)(bbb)

(ii)(aa)

(bb)

The Department of Social Development procured sanitizers for the officials from ECD Projects for the amount of R1379.50

N/A

N/A

Mr. Edward Schierhout

N/A

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2020-w1895 - 17 September 2020

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What (a)(i) number of officials of the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) have been (aa) suspended and/or (bb) fired for defrauding the institution over the past five financial years and (ii) amount has SASSA lost through fraud by officials in the specified period and (b) measures does she have in place to prevent fraud at SASSA?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 17 Sep 2020

a) Number of officials suspended and dismissed because of different kinds of disciplinary sanctions

In response to the above mentioned question, a table as well as the graph were used in order to summarise the number of SASSA employees that have been suspended and dismissed for defrauding the Agency over the last 5 financial years

Table1: Different types of disciplinary sanctions per Region ...

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2020-w1640 - 03 September 2020

Nokulunga Primrose Sonti to ask the Minister of Social Development

Whether her department considered a different payment method to beneficiaries of social grants, rather than having persons standing in long queues risking Covid-19 infections?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 3 Sep 2020

All social grant beneficiaries receive their social grants in a bank account, whether this is their own personal account, or the SASSA card account. Once the money is available in the account, the beneficiary can withdraw the money at any time, everywhere in the country. There is no requirement for the beneficiaries to withdraw the money on the same day, or to withdraw all ...

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