2021-w2430 - 29 November 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

What total number of beneficiaries of the Social Relief of Distress Grant has actually been paid by the SA Social Security Agency in each month from 1 January 2021 up to the latest specified date in November 2021?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

The numbers of beneficiaries who have been paid per month from January 2021 to October, as at 10 November 2021 is as follows:

Month

Number paid

January 2021

6 045 534

February 2021

6 057 481

March 2021

5 897 986

April 2021

5 939 137

August 2021

6 998 278

September 2021

7 483 712

October 2021

8 850 442

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2021-w2369 - 29 November 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

What plans has her department put in place to assist Expanded Public Works Programme workers, who have Persal numbers and have as a result been rejected by the SA Social Security Agency system in their attempts to access social grants?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

I would like to bring it to the attention of the Honourable Member that no application for any of the social grant is rejected by virtue of the applicant being part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). On application for a social grant, every applicant has to declare his/her source of income. Applications are subjected to a means test thresholds for a specific ...

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2021-w2370 - 29 November 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the recent court case in East London where SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) officials appeared in court for work which was contracted, but not done in the past five years, what total amount has SASSA lost to contractors who were appointed and paid for work not done?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

I do not have knowledge of any other contractor that SASSA has paid without work being done except this one.

The case of fraud and corruption was opened in March 2019 (Case no. 133/03/2019) in Qeberha (not East London). This matter was finalised through SASSA’s internal disciplinary processes and the official was dismissed in 2019. The case is currently in court scheduled for the ...

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2021-w2431 - 29 November 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

In light of the fact that the cash send mode of the Social Relief of Distress Grant payment is the most accessible method, especially for millions of beneficiaries who are unable to access banks, yet it is the one that is not being used because the SA Social Security Agency has not concluded contracts with banks, which is an additional exclusion of the already excluded applicants, what (a) total number of cash send applicants are waiting to be paid since the roll-out of the grant and (b) are the reasons for difficulties and delays in finalising contracts with the banks?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

a) No cash send payments for the first iteration of the grant are still outstanding. Of all the applications received to date, approximately 51% have provided information their personal bank accounts, into which the grants are paid. The cash send option, while being very convenient, is not the most popular method of payment for approved applicants. This is because many do not own their ...

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2021-w2436 - 29 November 2021

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

(1)With reference to a meeting of 1 September 2021 with the Portfolio Committee (PC) on Social Development, wherein it was revealed that the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) was investigating applicants who have been identified by the Auditor-General regarding fraudulent payments of the Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD grant) of R350, what (a) is the status of the investigation taken against government employees who attempted to defraud the SASSA system by applying for the SRD grant of R350 since the meeting of 1 September 2021 with the PC on Social Development and (b) total number of government officials have been suspended pending investigation; (2) Whether any matters have been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority for prosecution; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 29 Nov 2021

a) The Auditor General identified 5812 government employees who had applied for and received the social of relief grant to the value of R5 498 500. Due to the volume of government employees exposed and also work which needs to be done, a total of 242 was prioritised in line with a resolution taken with other stakeholders at the Fusion Centre.

SASSA opened one ...

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2021-w2320 - 19 November 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)(a) Which provinces have opened shelters for victims of gender-based violence and femicide following provision of necessary facilities by the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and (b)(i) what is the total number of (i) the specified shelters in each province and (ii) shelters that are functioning; (2) (a) what is the breakdown for each shelter with regard to the (i) uptake and (ii) capacity for each shelter and (b) which shelters have established partnerships with nonprofit organisations?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 19 Nov 2021

1 (a) The Western Cape is the only province that has established six (6) shelters for victims of gender-based violence and femicide following provision of necessary facilities by the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. The other provinces have conducted site verification and prepared costing for operationalisation of the shelters in the coming financial year (2022/23) due to the budget constraints experienced by ...

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2021-w2134 - 15 November 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

With reference to her reply to question 1107 on 30 July 2021, wherein she does not provide the details as requested with regard to the campaign of the Deputy Minister in KwaZulu-Natal entitled 50 Good Deeds which commenced on 1 March 2020 until 14 March 2020, (a) how was the campaign aligned to the priorities and plans together with the outcomes achieved by her department, (b) what are the details of the programme of the two-week campaign, (c) what are the details of the list of Ministerial and officials who accompanied the Deputy Minister on the campaign and the specific role each played and (d) what was the total cost for the entire campaign in respect of the (i) Deputy Minister, (ii) Ministerial staff, (iii) subsistence and (iv) travel claims submitted at the end of the campaign?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 15 Nov 2021

a) As stated in my previous reply to this question, the Deputy Minister’s programme in the area is linked to the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM), which Cabinet approved in August 2019 as an important innovation to improve integrated planning and delivery across the three spheres of government.

The Deputy Minister is the District Champion for Amajuba District. The DDM focuses on ...

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2021-w2135 - 15 November 2021

Alexandra Lilian Amelia Abrahams to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1) Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1108 on 30 July 2021, wherein she does not provide the details as requested with regard to the campaign of the Deputy Minister in KwaZulu-Natal entitled 50 Good Deeds which commenced on 1 March 2020 until 14 March 2020, her department paid for the (a) accommodation, (b) transportation and (c) subsistence and travel costs of the (i) Deputy Minister and (ii) accompanying officials while they were staying at the Black Rock Garden Court from 11 to 12 March 2021; if not, who paid the bill in each case; if so, what is the (aa) breakdown and (bb) total of the costs in each specified case; (2) what was the total expenditure for the two days, including petty cash receipts? NW2422E

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 15 Nov 2021

  1. (b) (c) (i) (ii) (aa) (bb) The budget for travel and accommodation of the Deputy Minister, support staff and officials of the Department forms part of the implementation of the Annual Performance Plans (APPs), including the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM)
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2021-w1968 - 22 October 2021

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

What is the total number of (a) applications for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant that (i) have been received to date since the grant was extended and reopened for new applications and (ii) were successful and (b) persons who have been paid to date and (c) appeals that remain outstanding from the first round of applications?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 22 Oct 2021

The application channels were re-opened on 6 August 2021.

(a)(i) As at 25 August 2021, a total of 11 237 724 complete applications have been received.

(ii) The validations of these applications is still underway. However, as at 25 August 2021, a total of 1 914 538 applications have been approved.

(b) A total of 282 598 have been paid to 25 August. Payments will continue to be made ...

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2021-w2226 - 21 October 2021

Bridget Staff Masango to ask the Minister of Social Development

(1)What (a) are the detailed reasons for the cancellation of the tender for the development of a Substance Abuse System and (b) is the purpose and objective of the specified system, which was an item in the quarterly financial report, under programme 1, but that was not achieved (details furnished); (2) whether she will furnish Ms B S Masango with a list of bidders; if not, why not; if so, to whom was the tender originally awarded; (3) what role do the programmes in the report have in addressing the drug crisis in the Republic; (4) whether the programme also targets the homeless populations; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Social Development on 21 Oct 2021

(1a) The tender was cancelled due to the scope of the project, which was not properly defined and crafted in line with the advertised terms of reference. This resulted in huge price difference between the bidders. The request for cancellation of the tender was submitted and approved by the Bid Adjudication Committee of the Department.

(b) The purpose of this project is to upgrade ...

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