As a developing country, South Africa has quite a well established social grant system and there are currently more than 16 million people getting social grants on a monthly basis.
Why are social grants necessary?
Social grants have been implemented in an attempt to improve the living standards of everyone in the society. South African citizens have specific socio economic rights and these are recognised in our bill of rights. It is the government’s obligation to ensure that these rights are upheld and one way to do this is by distributing social grants to specific groups of people.
South African Social Security Agency
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Administration social grants in the country and they help to ensure that comprehensive social services are delivered to act against poverty and vulnerability with in our society. There are specific groups of people will qualify for social grants and legislation provides a legal framework for these grants to be administered. Some of the people who might qualify for social grants include elderly people, disabled persons, and children.
There is also the specific grant made available for people on a temporary basis in the event of a serious situation, and assistance is given in the form of food parcels, money or vouchers. There are various types of social grants available, and they include:
- Child Support Grant
- Older Person’s Grant
- Disability Grant
- Care Dependency Grant
- War Veteran’s Grant
- Foster Child Grant
In order to qualify for social grants you have to be a South African citizen, all the permanent resident, who is currently living in the country. you can find out about the various social grants and what you may qualify for.