Social development calls on orphaned children to apply for the CSG

South Africa, Pretoria, September 30, 2022: The Minister for Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP calls on all relatives who are caring for orphaned children to come forward and apply for top up CSG from the south agency -nearest African social security system (SASSA).

The “Top-Up” is an additional amount of R240 on top of the standard CSG amount of R480. This means that a parent caring for an orphaned child; specifically, a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or cousin of the child can now receive a higher value child support allowance per month of R720 instead of the standard Child Support Subsidy (CSG) amount of R480.

It is important to note that the CSG Complémentaire is not a new allowance but an additional amount to the basic Child Support Grant. The same eligibility criteria that apply to the CSG will therefore also apply to the CSG Complémentaire. The only additional proof required is proof that the child is an orphan.

To prove this, caregivers will have to present the death certificates of the child’s parents. If they only have one death certificate because they don’t know the other parent or don’t know if the other parent is dead or alive, they can file an affidavit with the offices from SASSA, which explains this issue.

The Minister would like all carers of orphans to know that the Complémentaire CSG is available now in all SASSA offices, and that relatives do not need a social worker’s report or a decision of justice to access it.

We use the efficient and easily accessible CSG program to reach orphans so that relatives caring for orphans have quick access to an adequate social allowance to cover the basic needs of the child. The increase in the amount of the Child Support Grant for orphans is the government’s latest investment aimed at creating a better life for children living in poverty.

Minister Zulu said,

“The CSG currently reaches more than 13 million children living in poverty. It is the government’s most successful social protection program in terms of coverage and positive impact on children. The Department has just completed a review of child poverty and child support, which found that as the CSG was expanded to reach more children during the years 2003 to 2013, the child food poverty decreased by 20 percentage points, from 53% to 33% over the same period. period. This recent review and many previous empirical studies have proven that increased government investment in scholarships for children has led to improved outcomes for children in the areas of poverty, health, nutrition and child welfare. education.

Many relatives caring for orphans already receive the CSG of R480. But for many households, this may not be enough to meet the child’s basic nutritional needs as they fall below the food poverty line of R624/month. The Department therefore introduced the “Top-Up” to increase the number of orphans to R720.

This provision was introduced on 1 June 2022 and allowed relatives caring for orphans to access an adequate social allowance without having to go through the foster care system. This means that carers do not need to see a social worker or obtain a court order to apply for the CSG supplement, which will ensure that all orphans living in poverty receive an adequate social allowance quickly.

A relative carer caring for an orphaned child who is already receiving an R480 CSG for that child can now visit the nearest SASSA office to request the additional R240 to be added to their monthly CSG.

A caregiver caring for an orphaned child who is not yet receiving CSG for the child in their care can apply for the Child Support Grant and the Top-Up at the same time.

It is expected that the application process, verification and payment will be completed within one month to ensure that parents caring for orphans receive their social benefits promptly.

Note: The only caregivers who need to see a social worker before they can approach SASSA are children under 18 caring for orphaned siblings in child-headed households. Before approaching SASSA, they should see a social worker who will assess their situation, complete a form in accordance with Section 137 of the Children’s Act and provide them with the additional support they need as they have no adult in the household.

Joel C. Hicks