Calls to Increase Child Grants

There are growing calls for an increase in child support grants as the current amount is not enough to stave off malnutrition.

Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre Shaheema McLeod said they spend R2 000 per month to care for each woman and child, and the social grant was not sufficient.

“If you think about a baby, that (R380) is one pack of nappies. It is madness to think one could raise a child on it.”

She said with the money they are able to provide three balanced meals per day, and it is also for accommodation. “Children need balanced meals and access to education, toiletries and essential day-to-day items.”

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