- The national poverty line has been recalculated and the child support grant falls well below the required amount
- The national poverty line has been calculated at R624, the child support grant is only R460
- A person needs a minimum amount of energy each day to survive and this works out at R624 in South Africa under current conditions
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The national poverty lines (NPL) have recently been adjusted and it has revealed a very concerning statistic.
The R460 child support grant is far below the required R624 required to buy food for a month in South Africa.
The NPL is calculated every ten years or if there are significant changes to how households consume products or if there is a major change in the cost of living.
Julie Smith, a researcher at the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, said that the NPLs were a shocking indictment of the government's failure. Particularly with the child support grant according to News24.
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The Citizen reported that the national poverty line is calculated by the amount of daily energy a person needs per day and how much that costs in a month. A person needs a minimum of 8,820kj per day to survive.
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says South Africans need to reapply for social grants
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu says South Africans will need to reapply in order to have access to the Social Relief of Distress Grant.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that the R350 social relief grant has been reimplemented and will be in place until March next year, according to News24.
Unlike the previous grant, recipients of Sassa grants who are unemployed caregivers are also eligible to receive funding from this current programme.
Government holding talks to substitute R350 SRD before it expires next year
A substitute for the R350 relief grant will soon be in the works. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana on Wednesday, 8 September told Parliament that the reliable payment from SASSA may be superseded by next year.
Gondongwana, however, confirmed that the substitution was dependent on affordability. The service line's budget for the grant is around R205 billion for the years 2022 and 2023. The minister explained that the above is targeted at assisting the poor in an attempt to rid the country of the poverty gap.
He went on to explain that Statistics South Africa should present more sound numbers on the damage to the economy as a result of the unrest in July.
Source: Briefly News