Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini confirmed to the Parliament that over almost 17 million poor South Africans are living or surviving on the Social Grants from the Government, 21 years since the dawn of the democraccy in 1994 when ANC takes over the government from the NP.
“Government’s Social Assistance Programme now reaches almost 17 million South Africans” said Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini addresing the parliament on the Budget Vote
- Over two thirds of all social grant recipients are children who receive the Child Support Grant (CSG).
- Over three million older persons receive the Old Age Grant while a million people receive the disability grant
- In 2015, out of 455 922 learners who passed their matric examinations, 304 913 learners, received a social grant
According to the ANCWL President the investment that the government is making in the lives of the poor and vulnerable learners is showing positive results.
She said social assistance has proven to be an important tool for human capital investment and the biggest contributor to reducing poverty and inequality.
“In order to ensure that the education of these learners continues without interruption, the department is in negotiation with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to ensure that learners that had qualified for grants are not subjected to a means test to qualify for financial support to further their studies,” the Minister Bathabile Dlamini
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