Shabangu apologises to grant beneficiaries

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Susan Shabangu, South African Minister of Mineral Resources, speaks during a press conference, at the 20th Annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba on February 4, 2014, at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.

Susan Shabangu, South African Minister of Mineral Resources, speaks during a press conference, at the 20th Annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba on February 4, 2014, at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.

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Susan Shabangu, South African Minister of Mineral Resources, speaks during a press conference, at the 20th Annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba on February 4, 2014, at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.

Susan Shabangu, South African Minister of Mineral Resources, speaks during a press conference, at the 20th Annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba on February 4, 2014, at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu has admitted her department and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) weren&39;t fully prepared to switch to new cards for grant payments.

Hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries were left without their grants this month due to glitches in the new system.

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Those issued with new cards, couldn&39;t withdraw money at some of the usual banking facilities.

During a media briefing on Tuesday, Shabangu apologised for the problem.

 

 

Sassa is currently swapping the old cards for new ones.