DA proposes grant changes

2013-09-17 21:09
DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. (Picture: Danielle Karallis)

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. (Picture: Danielle Karallis)

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Cape Town - The DA proposed measures on Tuesday to ensure child grants are not abused, as part of their green paper on poverty relief.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said social workers should be obliged to intervene if there was suspicion that grant conditions were being flouted, for example if a child was not attending school.

The party also called for the introduction of a community oversight system on grant spending.

This would allow teachers or others to apply for the grant to be paid out to another caretaker or to a social worker if grant money was not being spent in a child's best interest.

To encourage behaviour that would help children overcome poverty, the party proposed that bonuses be paid to children for completing Grade 12.

This should be backed up by other measures to help the youth complete their studies and find jobs, including a comprehensive government intern programme and education vouchers for the unemployed.

If it were in power, the party would also provide transport and communication coupons for job-seekers and speed up the expanded public works programme in areas where unemployment was particularly high.

"A DA government will ensure that we have a growing economy, which will free millions from the shackles of poverty and allow people to move from welfare to work.

"The DA feels the pain of the millions that are unemployed, and we are determined to better their future," she said.

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