Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Today we spoke to Elroy Paulus National Advocacy Manager from Black Sash. Black Sash will be turning 62 this year in May as it was established in 1955. This organisation was started by a group of very concerned women called women of defense of the constitution league. Over years it grow and become member based federal organisation, hence new Black Sash organisations opened, as one on one advice giving. Black Sash got know through the work of social assistance.

Black Sash has three programmes in place: The advocacy, citizen based monitoring which is accompanied with health and education training and information.

Elroy spoke about the social grants “in February there was a contact that was established between a Cash Pay Masters and Sassa which enables anyone that gets a grant to go draw there money anywhere, hence the bank that was used were making deductions for airtime, funeral plans ect. Hence Sassa said from the 1 April 2017, when the five year contact ends they will be ready to in source the payment, which means there would not be any deductions made from Sassa beneficiaries”

30% of the population depends on grants, hence the question remains will Sassa be ready???

Black Sash will approach the Constitutional Courts to make sure that the conditions are met by the Constitutional Courts in order to protect confidential data of Sassa beneficiaries that the information is not traded, people have the full cash value of the grant and that there be time frames.

For more information contact:

Helpline: 072 663 3739   

By: Jasnine Roberts

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