social grants

Social Grants for 15 Year Olds in Mpumalanga

The Mpumalanga Province has already introduced the long-awaited ‘year extension’ for child support grants.

Authorities says that since last month they have increased the maximum period in which a child would get a grant from the previous ‘ceiling’ age of 14 to at least 15 years this year.

The South African Social Security Agency spokesperson, Senzeni Ngubeni, says that, “The year extension is an ongoing process in which by January 1 2011 and 2012 the maximum year will increase to ages 16 and 17.”

Call for More Grants to Alleviate Poverty

The National Working Group on Social Security has called on government to increase the number of people accessing social grants to alleviate poverty.

In its recent submission to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), the coalition’s Isabelle Frye, who is also director at Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, pointed out that, “President Jacob Zuma acknowledged that social grants remain the main effective form of poverty alleviation.”

Stats SA Comments on Social Grants

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says there is a correlation between lack of access to basic services and households requiring grants.

In its report into state delivery of grants for the past five years, Stats SA argues that children who live in households that receive social grants are more likely to attend school than children in low-income households that do not.

Stats SA identified lack of education or illiteracy as contributing to dependence on social grants.

Two in Court for Defrauding SASSA

Two South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) members have appeared in separate Limpopo courts for allegedly defrauding the agency of more than R100 000.

Police Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba, says one of the accused, Joel Makwela, was arrested at the Mookgopong SASSA department after he allegedly defrauded it of R76 610 between 2004 and 2008.

SASSA in Court Over Social Grants Tender

The Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) is taking the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to court over the tender for the payment of R80 billion a year of social grants in all nine the provinces.

The company, which claims that it was all set to win the tender, lost out when SASSA cancelled the tender last year.

CPS is owned by Nasdaq-listed Net1. Net1 chief executive, Serge Belamant said: “We know categorically we won all nine provinces on technical, financial and black empowerment criteria: we deserve it, and I want all nine.”

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