Child grants are not forever

Staff Writer | Apr 30, 2019
The government website has spelt out the conditions under which child grants cease to be payable.

When a person turns 18, they become an adult by law – but some beneficiaries of child grants fail to understand why the payments suddenly stop. 

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) takes time to notify grant recipients that the grant lapses when the child turns 18. 

According to the South African government website, beneficiaries need to know that a child support grant will also be stopped should the child die, is no longer in the custody of the caregiver, should the caregiver not claim the grant for three consecutive months, or should the living conditions of the child improve.

Support grants are aimed at helping lower-income households bridge the gap in the cost of living. Sassa says it is only fair that when a child’s situation improves, they should cease to receive the grant so as to enable those who desperately need it to provide for the basic needs of their children.

According to the Social Assistance Act, beneficiaries must report any changes of living standards to ensure that the grant is reviewed immediately. No one may receive a child support grant for a child living in a household with more than six children who are not the biological children of the grant recipient, or are legally adopted.

Sassa is urging communities to report beneficiaries who misuse a child support grant. 


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