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The situation would be monitored on a daily basis while negotiations continued at a national level

Picture: Cindy Waxa/African News Agency (ANA)

THE SOUTH African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in the Northern Cape yesterday reported minimal disruptions as a result of the Public Service Association (PSA) strike action, with only a handful of Sassa offices in the Province forced to close their doors to beneficiaries on Monday.

This is according to Sassa’s provincial spokesperson, Inno Khunou, who yesterday confirmed that it was business as usual in most parts of the Province with 50 of Sassa’s 53 local offices able to operate.

“Corless Road, Roodepan and Beaconsfield local offices, with a total of 11 staff members, were shut down on Monday but were open today (yesterday),” Khunou said.

“In the Namaqua district, at Springbok, five staff members participated in an hour-long go-slow on Monday but then resumed their duties.

“In De Aar, four members didn’t report for work on Monday while two were absent today (yesterday).

“All other offices were open for business as usual.”

Khunou apologised to beneficiaries for any inconvenience caused, emphasising that less than three-quarters of Sassa staff were represented by the PSA, contrary to the association’s claims that it represents 90 percent of Sassa’s staff in the Northern Cape, made by the PSA provincial manager, Steve Ledibane, on Monday.

“The PSA represents 73 percent of Sassa’s staff complement in the Northern Cape, negating the ‘roughly 90 percent’ stated in the previous report,” Khonou explained.

“Nehawu tallies to 47 percent. The skew figure is caused by some members having taken dual membership.”

Khunou added that the situation would be monitored on a daily basis while negotiations continued at a national level.

A meeting has been scheduled between Social Development, Sassa and the PSA’s national offices for Thursday (tomorrow).

“Plans are afoot to ensure that there are no major interruptions to service for our beneficiaries. At most pay points, Sassa and SAPO are rendering card swop services as usual and grant payouts at several community halls are continuing without hassles.

“We urge all Sassa beneficiaries in the Province to call our Northern Cape toll-free line on
0800 003 077 should they experience problems,” concluded Khunou.