Children Count - Abantwana Babalulekile, Statistics on children in South Africa Children's Institute - University of Cape Town

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Current statistics on grants for children
Total grants disbursed per month as at
Child Support Grant Foster Child Grant Care Dependency Grant
12 081 375 440 288 144 952
Grant value

Amount per month
(from 1 April 2017)

R380 R920 R1,600
Means test
(monthly income threshold)
Single caregiver (single income) R3,800 N/A R16,000
Married caregiver (joint income) R7,600 N/A R32,000
Age threshold Child must be under the age of… 18 years 18 years
(21 if still at school)
18 years
Source: South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Grant statistics from SOCPEN monthly reports
For trends in grant disbursements since 1998 see the following documents:

For more information see the links below:

2011 Childrenís Institute, University of Cape Town
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