Daily Archives: April 2, 2017

SOUTH AFRICA:OVER 2.6 MILLION BENEFICIARIES ACCESS SOCIAL GRANTS COUNTRYWIDE

PRETORIA, April 2 (NNN-SAnews) –At 10am today, 2.6 million beneficiaries had already accessed their social grants across the country through ATMs and Merchants, Government announced on Saturday.

Payment of social grants to beneficiaries are currently underway across the country.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, MECs, local government leaders and various SASSA officials are on the ground countrywide responding to queries and monitoring the payments.

Beneficiaries are encouraged to contact SASSA call centre for any enquires on 0800 60 10 11. So far, over 1500 queries have already been handled.

Government has reminded beneficiaries who receive their grants at pay points that they will receive their grants as normal from Monday, 03 April 2017.

Additionally we urge beneficiaries to use the official SASSA branded card to access their social grants, the department said.

Social Grants increments effective from 01 April 2017

Government also notes that social grants increases are effective as of today.

The old age grant will increase by R90 to R1600 for pensioners over the age of 60, and R1620 for those over 75.

The disability and care dependency grants also increase by R90 to R1600 a month.

Foster care grants increase by R30 to R920 a month. The child support grant increases by R20 to R380 a month.

Government remains committed to improving the living conditions of poor, vulnerable and underprivileged South Africans. The social assistance programme remains an important safety net for millions of South Africans said Dlamini.

Grants applications approvals have improved from 90 days to 1 day in certain offices.

The public can follow @OfficialSASSA and @GovernmentZA on Twitter for updates.

Beneficiaries are also encouraged to share their stories or photos using the hashtag #SASSACARES.

Government is happy with the progress made thus far and extends its appreciation to all beneficiaries for their cooperation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

JCPS Cluster welcomes Rhodes Park sentencing

Pretoria – The Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster has welcomed a court ruling on the Rhodes Park trio who were sentenced to four life sentences each.

On Friday, the Gauteng High Court found Admore Ndlovu, Thabo Nkala and Mduduzi Mathibela guilty of murder, rape and robbery. The trio were sentenced to four life sentences.

In 2015, the trio drowned two men and gang raped their partners and robbed them of their belongings at Rhodes Park, in Johannesburg.

Acting Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Faith Muthambi, applauded law enforcement agencies as well as the judiciary.

We applaud the efforts of the law enforcement agencies, the prosecuting authority and the judiciary. Despite the long-wait for justice, the families of the victims can rest assured that no stone was left unturned in the case, said Minister Muthambi.

She further gave credit to the forensic team and investigators for their skills and expertise which brought finality to the matter.

We are optimistic that this soundproof verdict will convey strong messages and serve as a deterrent to other perpetrators, she said.

The Cluster said the criminal justice system will continue with its fight against crime including abuse, adding that it is time that all members of society including NGOs, and the business community amongst others come together to rid the nation of criminal activities.

Government will not allow rape and murder to continue and we remain confident that law enforcement agencies will bring perpetrators to book and face the full wrath of the law.

Society needs to change their mind set about the dignity to life and respect for each other. As indicated in the National Development Plan safety is a core human right and we need to work together to achieve Vision 2030 wherein all people are and feel safe, said Minister Muthambi.

The Cluster reiterated its call to the public to continue partnering with government in creating a safer and healthier environment for communities to thrive.

Source: South African Government News Agency