social grants

Court Declares Social Grant Tender Valid

The Department of Social Development has welcomed a court ruling confirming the validity of a tender given to Cash Paymaster for issuing social grants.

In a press statement, Minister Bathabile Dlamini, points out that, "It has been a long journey through which several cabinet ministers and senior government officials were branded corrupt."

Dlamini, who is delighted that, "Justice has been served," argues that CPS was awarded the tender purely on the basis of a good payment solution which was to curb abuse, fraud, and corruption while saving money for government.

Boost for Welfare Sector in this Year’s Budget

The welfare sector will get a boost in this year’s budget, with an extra R600 million set aside to fund NGOs hard-hit by a drop in donor funding and an additional R938 million to create posts for social workers over the medium-term.

There were 100 000 NGOs registered in South Africa in June last year, 40 percent of which provided social welfare services to children, the elderly, the disabled and victims of abuse.

Long Queues to Re-register for Social Grants

According to an article in the Sowetan newspaper, social grants recipients in Limpopo are being forced to queue overnight to get their grants.

Single mothers, destitute children and the elderly have been compelled to queue overnight for places before morning.

This follows a call by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) for recipients to re-register to root out fraud and corruption in a process that is expected to run for the next six months.

South Africans Urged to Use Land ‘Productively’

President Jacob Zuma has reiterated his support for the campaign that encourages South Africans to productively use the land to improve food security for millions of citizens.

Zuma states that in order to reduce food insecurity in rural areas, government is promoting food gardens and other forms of subsistence agriculture, involving civil society.

He stresses the importance of people going back to the land and not to view social grants, wage employment and non-agricultural informal activities as the only source of income for rural households.

Some Relatives Qualify for Foster Grant, Court Rules

Relatives who take care of orphaned or abandoned children can qualify for foster grants thanks to a recent court order.

This follows a ruling by the South Gauteng High Court last week, that family members could apply as foster parents and receive a foster grant, which is about R500 more than the child care grant.

The judgment is the first time a high court had the chance to interpret the Children's Act and define who may apply for foster grants and what child should be fostered.

Social Grants Weigh on Govt Coffers

The latest Statistics South Africa (STATS SA) figures released this week suggest social grants and a large public service are taking their toll on government coffers.

STATS SA’s Financial Statistics of National Government report shows the government’s cash payments for operating activities rose by R60.5 billion to R791.9 billion in 2010-11‚ from R731.3 billion in 2009-10‚ mainly due to an increase in grant payments and employee compensation.

Govt Tackles Social Grants Fraud and Corruption

The Department of Social Development says that the government has stepped up efforts to stamp out fraud and corruption within its social security system.

Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says the state provides social grants – through the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) - to over 15 million beneficiaries, with a total budget of R105 billion.

Dlamini states that, "SASSA has intensified mechanisms to reduce fraud and corruption within the social security system."

Beneficiaries Misuse Social Grants – Report

The Department of Social Development says that beneficiaries are misusing social grants by paying for hairdresser appointments and buying beauty products.

In its latest report, ‘Child Support Grant Evaluation released by Social Development’, the department notes that the number of people receiving grants is over 12 million, costing R105 billion for the year.

The report found examples of misuse of grants, bribery and attempts to mislead or deceive officials in order to get grants. Other problems include isolated incidents of corruption and bribery by officials themselves.

Social Grants Boosts Local Businesses

According to Khulekani Magubane, social grants paid by the state are helping retailers in township shopping centres weather tough economic conditions.

In this article titled ‘Social grants benefit retailers in township malls’, Magubane states that shopping centres in Diepsloot and Tembisa are consistently productive despite harsh economic condition because community members spend the social grant money.

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