In South Africa, children are protected by the South African constitution. Government is responsible for providing social assistance to children whose parents or primary caregivers are unable to support them financially.
The Child Support Grant is provided on a monthly basis to adults in need, who care for children under the age of 18 who qualify for the grant.
As of 1 April 2015, the grant is R330 per month.
What do you need to qualify for the child grant in South Africa?
The person looking after the child must declare under oath that they are the primary caregiver. They will also need to provide some documentary proof of this.
Children who are heading households, between the ages of 16 and 18 can apply for the grant, with the help of a supervising adult.
South African citizens may apply. You must also be a permanent resident or a refugee to be eligible. The child must be living in South Africa.
How do you apply for this grant?
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is dedicated to facilitating payment of the child grant to eligible individuals.
There is no payment required for application and you’ll need to visit your nearest SASSA centre.
You will need identity documents, proof of marital status as well as proof of income.
Your fingerprints will be taken and you will be interviewed at the SASSA office. You will also be required to provide up-to-date information annually, to make sure that everything related to the grant payment is in order.
You can choose the method of payment you prefer. The options available to you include either collecting it on a specific day each month, or having it paid into a bank account.
You can expect to receive payment within 3 months of approval.
For more information about the Child Grant, contact SASSA by calling: 0800 601 011