Millions face benefit cut-off in South Africa

Millions of South Africa’s most vulnerable citizens may miss their social security payments next month. The government’s contract with Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) comes to an end on 31 March.

The long-standing contract with the private company has not been renewed because a court ruled four years ago that the original tender process was unlawful.

The benefit payments mainly go to pensioners and the disabled. About 1.6 million of 17 million recipients use commercial bank accounts but the vast majority rely on CPS to receive the payments. Read more

South African official sacked over 350% pay rise

A South African government official who granted himself a 350% pay rise has been sacked.

Collins Letsoalo was supposed to be “Mr Fix-it” – brought in to clean up corruption and waste at South Africa’s troubled railways authority.

But soon after his arrival last year at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Mr Letsoalo allegedly sought a pay rise of 350% – taking his annual salary to some $450,000 (£360,000). Read more

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