Where To Get SASSA Child Support Grant Top-Up
Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu has stated that the government is increasing the amount of the Child Support Grant for orphans in an effort to improve the lives of children in poverty.
After reiterating the department’s call for all relatives caring for orphaned children to come forward and apply for the Child Support Grant Top-Up at their local SASSA offices, Minister Zulu emphasized the importance of doing so.
During a Monday press conference in Pretoria, the Minister updated the country on the Child Support Grant Top-Up.
The Child Support Grant Top-Up is not a brand new grant, as Minister Zulu pointed out.
She explained that a 2015 Cabinet directive allowed for the R240 increase above the baseline R480.
For orphans, the provisions of this policy make it possible for me to implement a greater value child support grant supplement. In light of this, I implemented the Child Support Grant Top-Up on June 1st, 2022, with the blessing of the Minister of Finance.
Top-Up” refers to an additional R240 added on to the regular R480 Child Support Grant. The minister has stated that only close relatives caring for an orphaned kid are eligible to apply for and receive the Child Support Grant Top-Up of R720 per child per month.
All orphans’ guardians should know that the Child Support Grant Top-Up is accessible at all SASSA offices, as stated by Minister Zulu.
If you need the Top-Up, you don’t need a report from a Social Worker or a court order to get it. This is planned to make the CSG program more available so that the most fundamental requirements of orphans can be met.
Children under the age of 18 caring for orphaned siblings in child-headed families are the only caregivers who are required to meet a social worker before approaching SASSA, she said.
She advised them to visit a social worker first, who would then determine whether or not they are eligible for supplementary security income (SSS), complete the necessary paperwork under the Children’s Act’s Section 137, and give them any additional assistance they might require because there is no adult in the home.
The minister has stated that the only further documentation required from the relatives providing care is that both parents have passed away, making the child an orphan.
The Minister stated, “The processing period for this application, verification, and payment should be within one month.”
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