The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a national agency of the government and a public entity in terms of Schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act. SASSA was formed in 2005 in order to distribute social grants on behalf of the Department of Social Development. Previously called the Department of Welfare, the Department of Social Development is responsible for providing social development, protection and welfare services to the public. It also has an oversight role over the South African Social Security Agency but no operational control over it.
SASSA was also designed to reallocate the function of social security from South Africa’s provinces to the national sphere of government and reports to the Department of Social Development. The key functions of the parastatal are related to the administration and payment of social grants, which include the processing of applications, verification and approval of applications, disbursement and payment of grants to eligible beneficiaries, quality assurance, and fraud prevention and detection.
SASSA provides social assistance in the form of:
- A child support grant
- Older person’s grant (a pension)
- Disability grant
- Was veteran’s grant
- Care dependency grant – for caring for a child with severe disability
- Foster child grant
- Grant-in-aid – for those who need a full-time caregiver
- Social relief of distress – a temporary measure for people in dire need, in the form of parcels or vouchers
All nine provincial governments were previously responsible for the administration of social grants until serious social delivery challenges occurred, especially the delay in the approval and payments of grants, possible fraud and corruption in the system, inhumane pay point facilities and huge administration costs in delivering social grants.
SASSA is mandated to ensure the provision of comprehensive social security services against vulnerability and poverty within the constitutional and legislative framework. The legislative mandate for SASSA is regulated in the following acts.
- Social Assistance Act, 2004
The Act provides a national legislative framework for the provision of different types of social grants, social relief of distress, the delivery of social assistance grants by a national Agency and the establishment of an Inspectorate for Social Security.
- South African Social Security Agency Act, 2004
The Act provides for the establishment of the South African Social Security Agency as a schedule 3A public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act. The principle aim of the Act is to make provision for the effective management, administration and payment of social assistance and service through the establishment of the South African Social Security Agency..
In 2012, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), a subsidiary of Net1 UEPS Technologies was awarded a five-year, R10 billion tender to distribute social grants on behalf of SASSA. In 2014, SASSA was given the opportunity to initiate a new tender process due to irregular processes found as a rival bidder, AllPay, challenged the procurement process in court. The Constitutional Court consequently declared the tender as invalid but suspended the order in order not to interrupt grant payments. Each month, the National Treasury deposits the total amount to be paid out into a Nedbank trust account. Interest earned during this period goes to the state. All beneficiary accounts are held at Grindrod Bank. A grant recipient can withdraw their grant from any SASSA pay point across the country, which carries no withdrawal charge. Net1 CEO Serge Belamont claims that it is more secure because of the biometric security checks on fingerprints, or from ATMs or designated retailers such as Pick n Pay, which work with EasyPay (another company owned by Net11), to allow these withdrawals. Other companies owned by Net1 that provides loans to grant recipients is Moneyline, also, Umoya that allows grant beneficiaries to buy cell phone airtime on credit.
In its duties as a public entity, SASSA subscribes to those values that promote democracy and a culture of respect for human rights. I addition, in building social cohesion, the foremost values are:
- Customer – Care Centred Approach
The value preposition will require continuous refinement in order to satisfy and meet customer need and expectations. The responsiveness of SASSA to community needs and expectations may require adjustments in respect of service delivery, information technology and administrative processes.
SASSA is a dynamic organisation that provides a range of essential services to a diverse group of south Africans. With offices located all around the country, its operational structures aspire to embrace all that is state-of-the-art, offices that are modern and an environment designed to stimulate the workers to achieve, enjoy, progress and prosper.
To give unemployed graduates great experience in such field of work, SASSA offers internship programmes. The programme is a 12 month internship contract and interns will receive monthly stipend of R4200 for a National Diploma and R5200 for a Bachelors Degree.
Minimum Requirements for SASSA Internships
In order to be admitted as an intern in SASSA, applicants must fulfil the following minimum requirements.
- South African citizen
- Aged between 18-35 years
- Studied at a recognised institution or higher learning in the Republic of South Africa
- In need of Experiential Training
- Qualification in field of studies vary according to the available positions
- Preferences may be given according to the available positions.
- Individuals with disabilities are welcome to apply
These are the documents required for the application:
- A fully completed Z83 form (visit and create an account on sassa.gov.za/index.php/contact-us/login to access the form)
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Certified copies of qualifications
- Certified copy of driver’s license
- Certified copy of personal identity document (ID)
How to Apply for SASSA Internships
Those who are interested in applying for a SASSA internship should send their application form along with its supporting documents quoting the relevant reference number to the relevant reference address listed on the recruitment announcement. Announcements can be downloaded from the Vacancy page on www.sassa.gov.za.
Appointment will be subjected to compulsory pre-employment screening in the form of qualification, ITC, criminal checks and compulsory competency assessment (where necessary).
It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) prior to the selection process.
No faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. Applicants who have not been contacted within 3 months after the closing date of the advertisement must accept that their application had been unsuccessful.
For further information, visit www.sassa.gov.za or toll free 0800 60 10 11