- President, Jacob Zuma, says close to 15 million South Africans obtain social grants from the Department of Social Development.
Speaking in Cape Town where he delivered his State of the Nation Address 2011, Zuma pointed out that, “We will phase in the extension of the Child Support Grant to cover eligible children under the age of 18 years.”
He further said that since his administration is building a developmental and not a welfare state, the social grants will be linked to economic activity and community development, to enable short-term beneficiaries to become self-supporting in the long run.
For more about the State of the Nation Address 2011, click here.Source:South African Government Online
- Social Development Minister, Edna Molewa, has defended the government’s track record on welfare grants as a job ‘well done’, but insisted that the grants are not intended to be a permanent feature of South Africa’s social development geography.
Molewa’s remarks followed economist, Mike Schussler’s comments that the country is the largest welfare state in the world and that the current rate of three people on grants for every taxpayer is unsustainable.
Molewa says that the grants were not intended to be permanent, particularly for young women, the idea being to empower them to take advantage of educational and economic opportunities.
To read the article titled, “Welfare grants will not be permanent,” click here.
- Weaknesses in the social security system have resulted in many children continuing to live in dire poverty. This is according to Social Development Minister, Edna Molewa.
Molewa, who released a review of orphans' benefits, says that the problem has become even more serious because of the recession.
The report has found that many children and families struggle to access pension funds to which they are legally entitled to, resulting in many continuing to live in poverty. It also concludes that there is poor communication between funds and beneficiaries - this result in claimants failing to access their funds after the death of parents.
To read the article titled, “Social security a disgrace,” click here.
Source:<br /> News24