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Sassa Child Support Grant Bridging the Gap in Child Health and Welfare

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Sassa Child Support Grant Bridging the Gap in Child Health and Welfare

Sassa Child Support Grant Bridging the Gap in Child Health and Welfare. Approximately 13 million children presently benefit from the Child Support Grant (CSG), which plays a pivotal role in combating child hunger.

However, concerns have arisen regarding its efficacy in achieving its intended objectives. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has initiated a review of child poverty and the Child Support Grant through the Children Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT), commissioned by the Department of Social Development (DSD).

Enhancing the Child Support Grant

The CSG, administered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), recently saw its value increase in October 2023 to R510. This boost aims to address the ongoing challenges faced by families and children in South Africa.

Is Financial Assistance Enough?

The PMBEJD estimates that, as of September 2023, the average cost to provide a child with a basic nutritious diet per month is R907.43. This figure is derived from the Basic Nutritional Food Basket, which determines the cost of food necessary for family health, child development, and nutrition.

However, in September 2023, the Child Support Grant of R500 falls 34% below the food poverty line (R760) and 45% below the average cost of ensuring a child’s basic nutritious diet (R907.43). Consequently, the prevalence of stunted growth in children under 5 years old is at alarming levels, with 30% in boys and 25% in girls, underscoring the inadequacy of the CSG.

Challenges Amid Economic Turmoil

Compounding the issue, South Africa faces economic challenges, including high inflation and a cost of living crisis, further straining families’ ability to adequately provide for their children.

Minister Zulu emphasizes the importance of taking the comprehensive social plan seriously and implementing it correctly to improve the lives of vulnerable children across South Africa. It is crucial to act to create a brighter future for the nation’s people.

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