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Discussion Paper on SASSA on the Cards

October 15, 2019

Department of Social Development

15 October 2019

A discussion paper designed to identify gaps and make recommendations on improving the governance of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will be drawn up in 2019/20.

The social development department announced this in a briefing in parliament on its 2018/19 Annual Report.

A cross-functional departmental team to review the SASSA Act has been set up.

The department also indicated that a Draft Policy on the Universalisation of the Child Support Grant was developed including policy proposals on the removal of the means test on the CSG.

A White Paper for Social Development has been drawn up envisaged to reposition the social development sector towards achieving the developmental agenda.

The White Paper will also advance the implementation of the social protection services in accordance with the National Development Plan.

According to the department, this is one of the critical processes that will accelerate the provision of integrated social development services in the country.

Further consultation with key stakeholders is set to take place before the White Paper is tabled in cabinet for approval.

Other developments include that the Draft Social Service Practitioners Bill will be submitted to cabinet for approval in 2019/20, a Draft National Child Care and Protection Policy will be resubmitted to cabinet in the 2019/20 financial year, the Draft Children’s Amendment Bill was approved by cabinet for tabling in parliament, the Draft Anti-Substance Abuse Policy to be submitted to cabinet for approval and the Draft NPO Amendment Bill to be tabled in parliament in 2019/20.

Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 42756, the department published the list of accredited diversion service providers and diversion programmes in terms of Section 56(3)(a) of the Child Justice Act.

The notice also indicates that diversion programmes and diversion service providers granted candidacy status have received certificates and are allowed to operate, in accordance with condition(s) set by the accrediting committee.