SASSA Social Grant News Today 5th October 2022

SASSA Social Grant News Today 5th October 2022

SASSA Social Grant News Today 5th October 2022

The Social Assistance Amendment Act has been officially proclaimed by the Department of Social Development, thereby enhancing the social assistance program for the benefit of orphans and vulnerable children.

One of the largest child protection programs in the nation, social assistance today serves slightly over 13 million children.

The Social Assistance Amendment Act specifically seeks, among other things, to make provisions for additional payments linked to social grants, including the implementation of the extended Child Support Grant (CSG) policy for orphans in the care of relatives, according to a statement released by the department on Wednesday (CSG Top-Up).

“This policy intervention enables the Minister of Social Development to provide for a 50% increase in the child support payment for qualified orphans in the care of relatives, in coordination with the Minister of Finance.

These kids will get their existing R480 basic CSG as well as an additional R240 (50% of the basic CSG), for a total of R720, according to the department.

It was stated that this clause is a crucial component of the all-encompassing legal solution to the foster care issue since it would allow family members of orphans to immediately apply for a social grant from SASSA without first requiring an investigation, report, and court order by a social worker.

“By lowering the number of new applications and two-yearly renewals, the CSG Top-Up lessens the stress on social workers juggling heavy foster care caseloads. This will free them up to offer all children in need of care and protection prompt child protection and care services. This is not a new grant; rather, it is a “top-up” to the current CSG system, according to the department.

One of the government’s most effective social protection initiatives for underprivileged kids is the CSG.

With the ability to now receive the benefit for themselves, the CSG Top-Up will build on this successful program with a focus on the most vulnerable kids, including orphans living with adult relatives and orphans living alone in child-headed homes.

The scope of child care and protection under this program is increased for these young children.

According to the department, policy action for additional economic assistance is necessary for orphaned children living in low-income families and children living in households led by children who are not receiving enough financial support.

“This initiative provides an extra, clearly defined, and easily available monetary benefit to improve and reinforce the safety net of orphaned children.

“It will enable relatives caring for orphans to provide for their basic needs and support required within their extended family environment without removing them from the households they are familiar with,” the department said.

This comes as the country commemorates Child Protection Week, which was launched in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, on Sunday and closed in KwaZulu-Natal on the 5th June 2022.

The commemoration is meant to raise awareness on the high incidence of teenage pregnancy, abuse and exploitation, focusing on the reduction and prevention of teenage pregnancy through prevention and early intervention programmes.

The campaign further strengthens partnerships with various stakeholders, most importantly parents, families and communities.

During Child Protection Week, the department highlights service offerings and promotes the rights, well-being and protection of children.

Furthermore, children are given an opportunity to voice issues that affect them and propose solutions to them.

In order to receive this benefit, applicants are required to prove that a child is an orphan by providing:

– certified copies of the death certificates of the child’s parent/s; or
– where the death certificate of one of the parents of the child cannot be obtained by the applicant, a certified copy of the death certificate of one parent and an affidavit by the applicant attesting to the unknown status of the child’s other parent.

The amendment will also facilitate online applications for CSG and CSG Top-Up, which will also alleviate the burden of primary caregivers having to travel long distances or queuing at SASSA offices to lodge an application. This will also reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Caregivers who are eligible can now apply for the CSG Top Up at any of SASSA local offices and online

Applicants will also be able to track the status of their applications using the online portal. Notifications of the outcome of their online application will be sent by SMS or email.

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