The South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) says missing another deadline to enter into a service agreement with the Post Office for the payment of grants is not deliberate.
This is the third time it’s postponed signing a contract that will see it phase out its current grants disburser, Cash Paymaster Services.
Sassa says the delay is to ensure all processes are above board.
Sassa was due to enter into an agreement with the Post Office on 13 September and then 16 September.
Two weeks ago, during an oversight visit by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Sassa said Thursday would be the absolute deadline.
But no contract has yet been signed.
Sassa spokesman Paseka Lesatsi said: “We might have missed the deadline of 28 September, but we are convinced that we are able to sort it out very soon.”
Lesatsi says Sassa wants to be sure that once the contract is signed, there will be no comebacks.