Drive to help child-headed homes

2013-05-09 16:43
Bathabile Dlamini (Picture: Beeld)

Bathabile Dlamini (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Child-headed households are to be listed and assisted in a new drive, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Thursday.

"We do not want you to fall through the cracks," she said at an event in Cape Town to honour children raising their siblings.

"We want to have a register of all child- and youth-headed households in the country, to ensure you have access to all the rights enjoyed by children whose parents are still alive."

Her department estimated there were 240 000 child-headed households in the country.

Debate on Dlamini's R120bn budget vote was held in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The department said around R113bn of the budget would be used for paying social grants.

More than 16 million South Africans receive social grants - and 11 million of them are children.

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