Income poverty & grantsIncome poverty & grants

Children living in income poverty

South Africa has very high rates of child poverty, and children are disproportionately represented in poor households. In 2018, nearly 12 million children lived on less than R1183 per month (the 'upper poverty' line).

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Children living in households where no adult is employed

South Africa has high (and increasing) rates of unemployment. In 2018, 30% of children lived in households where nobody was employed. These households depend entirely on grants and remittances.

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Children receiving the Child Support Grant

The child support grant is an unconditional cash grant paid to the caregivers of eligible children. It is the biggest of all grants in distribution numbers, and now reaches over 12 million children each month.

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Children receiving the Foster Child Grant

Foster child grants are designed to support children who are in the child protection system. Most of them go to orphaned children living with family.

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Children receiving the Care Dependency Grant

The Care Dependency Grant is a non-contributory monthly cash transfer to caregivers of children with severe disabilities who require permanent care. It is worth R1600 per month in 2017.

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