The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) presented its 2016/17 annual report to the Select Committee on Social Services on Wednesday, 21 November 2017. In its report, the Agency provided a status report on beneficiaries of social assistance, social assistance trends per province, as well as child grant beneficiaries.
The report showed an overall increase of 1.23% in social assistance benefits since 2015/16, bringing the total number of social assistance grant benefits to 17 200 525 for 2016/17.
A 10-year trend shows the biggest growth rates recorded in 2008/09 (7.5%) and 2009/10 (6.25%) and overall child grant beneficiaries increased by just under 1% since 2015/16.
In March 2017, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the 'invalid' contract of Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to pay SASSA grants will be extended for a period of 12 months to give SASSA time to appoint another company to distribute social grants. Negotiations to appoint the South African Post Office (SAPO) to distribute the grants by 1 April 2018 have broken down and the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) has since stepped in to resolve the impasse.
See infographic below for more on SASSA beneficiaries: