The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has rejected allegations of claims of over R1 billion by Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) based on the alleged breach of the terms of the social grant payment services contracts. The said contracts in question were concluded in 2009 for the following regions: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape and North West. “Upon rejection of the claims by SASSA, the parties agreed that the matters be referred for arbitration as provided for in the contracts. The arbitration proceedings involved the exchange of pleadings, appointment of presiding officers, holding of pre-arbitration meetings and the actual setting down of the arbitration proceedings for hearing”, said Ms. Pearl Bengu, Acting SASSA CEO. However the discussions on settlement as the preferred solution did not succeed, and arbitration proceedings had to ensue.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 11, 2018 13:52 UTC