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Indicators for Income and Social Grants

Children living in income poverty

South Africa has very high rates of child poverty, and children are disproportionately represented in poor households. In 2014, close to two thirds of children lived on less than R923 per month.


Children living in households where no adult is employed

In 2013, 30% all children lived in households where no adults were working. This includes formal employment as well as income generation through informal and self-employment.


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 close to 12 million children each month.


Children receiving the Foster Child Grant

The Foster Child Grant (FCG) is a grant of R890 per month in 2016, paid to the caregiver of a child who has been placed in foster care by a court. 470,000 children receive FCGs. Most of them are orphans living with family members.


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 R1500 per month in 2015.


2011 Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town
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