The South African Post Office (SAPO) has met the obligations in its role for the readiness of the electronic payment option for social grants, Highway Mail reports.
This is according to Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele.
These include card productions and plans to swap existing cards with new cards.
“As you would expect with a project of this magnitude and scale, we would require a phasing in and phasing out period,” Minister Cwele said.
He said the Postbank would be able to play its role in the payment of social grants, even though it does not have a banking licence.
The minister has reaffirmed government’s commitment to ensuring that social grants are paid with minimum disruption as possible.
“Some of the public debate on this process has led to the perception that the government does not care for the poor. I would like to dispel such a perception, because our government cares about the poor and will ensure that the grant recipients will continue receiving their grants without hindrance or disruption as we implement and comply with the court decision,” Minister Cwele said.