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SASSA gets a new CEO, meet Busisiwe Memela-Khambula

busisiwe memela-khambula sassa ceoA fresh new face to spur things up at the social grants agency.

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The ministry of social development revealed, on Monday, that Busisiwe Memela-Khambula has been appointed as the CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

As reported by Business Live, Social Development Minister, Susan Shabangu, looked to the business and banking expertise Khambula holds to taking the social grants agency to greater heights.

SASSA gets new increases and a new CEO

This is not to take away the stellar work Abraham Mahlangu has accomplished since he took over the role in an acting capacity in 2018.

Related: SASSA fraud: 33 pension beneficiaries arrested in Free State

The agency is responsible for rolling out social grants to as many as 10.9-million beneficiaries every month.

For this financial year, R567-billion has been set aside for social grant payments, with the following increases taking effect:

  • old-age grants: R80 increase to R1 780;
  • state old-age (75 and older): R85 increase to R1 800;
  • War veterans: R85 increase to R1 800;
  • Disability: R85 increase to R1 780;
  • Foster care: R40 increase to R1 000;
  • Care dependency: R85 increase to R1 780; and
  • Child support: R20 increase to R425

The social grants agency has partnered up with the South African Post Office in distributing payments, a move that has brought calm to the process.

What we know about Busisiwe Memela-Khambula

Khambula’s appointment, according to Shabangu, will only take matters to greener pastures. We did some digging and this is what we know about SASSA’s new CEO.

Related: SASSA clamps down on illegal sale of social grant cards

Education background

According to a Bloomberg profile, Busisiwe Memela-Khambula not only has qualifications in the Bachelor of Arts, but she also has a quirky nickname: Totsie.

Khambula currently holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. She also has a degree in Social Sciences, a trait that will come in handy at the social grants agency.

Work experience

She has served as a chief executive at Eduloan, a preferred banking sector background to the job she is currently taking on. She has also been a managing director at the SA Post Office and has served on many boards as a director.

Shabangu is confident that having Busisiwe Memela-Khambula on board will accelerate progress and growth in the agency.

“The Sassa and Sapo partnership in paying social grants is at an early stage and [Memela-Khambula’s] appointment will certainly play a key role in increasing the momentum to ensure that service delivery is enhanced,” she said.

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