Children on social grants up 13-fold

2012-01-18 13:58

Johannesburg - The number of children receiving social grants has increased 13-fold since 2001, a survey revealed on Wednesday.

Beneficiaries had risen from 800 476 in 2001 to 10 387 238 in 2011, according to the study to be published next week by the SA Institute of Race Relations.

This number would increase by another million by 2013, said researcher Lerato Moloi.

Children on the child support grant accounted for 70% of all people on social welfare. They received R260 a month.

In February 2011, the government announced the extension of the child support grant to all children up to the age of 18 years.

Old-age pensions

Moloi said the overall social grant beneficiaries had increased from about R3.5m to R15m.

Old-age pension beneficiaries had increased by only 40% in the same period, while war veterans receiving grants had decreased by 85%.

This was according to Estimates on National Expenditure published by the National Treasury in 2011.

Old-age pension beneficiaries received R1 140 a month.

Although pensioners accounted for only 18% of all people on social welfare, the old-age pension accounted for the largest proportion of grant expenditure at 39%.

The child support grant accounted for 36% of total grant expenditure.

Teenage pregnancy

Some have argued that the child support grant acts as an incentive for teenage pregnancy.

According to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the number of pregnancies among girls aged 15 to 19 years peaked in 1996. This was two years before the child support grant was introduced. The study showed that number had declined since then.

This was contrary to a report by the Limpopo health and social development department published in November last year, showing that pregnancy in schools was increasing.

"Some 16% of the participants admitted to falling pregnant to obtain access to the child support grant," said Moloi.

She said more research needed to be conducted to determine the existence and extent of such a link.

  • Willie - 2012-01-18 14:05

    How many Zimbabwens,Swazis on this scheme

      Moss - 2012-01-18 14:18

      Even people from lesotho do it,pensioner from lesotho also earn old age grant from SA they helped by local king and ANC counsellor in matatiele ,Every month those each foreigner should give counsellor and king R100.00.

      Willie - 2012-01-18 14:50

      @ Moss unfortunately the ANC goverment will tell you "You talking rubbish"

      clivecorbz - 2012-01-18 15:06

      They're children, dude!!?? AND YOU'RE ASKING WHAT COUNTRY THEY'RE FROM?? Quit being such a whiner. It's pathetic and disgusting. Join the solution.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 15:24

      ahhhh waaant ah Maseeeedeees benz!

      Johan - 2012-01-18 15:25

      @Clive - You're right, they are children so they can't be blamed for being born. However, I don't think the ANC really cares about the amount of children on welfare. On the contrary, they prefer it. Just think about it, why would a person who was fed and clothed (even though it was very little) as a child by the government NOT vote for that government once he/she comes of age? You can't really blame them. What these people actually fail to realise is that most of the money doesn't come from the government, but mostly from the people who oppose it. The ANC is just encouraging more births which in turn results in higher unemployment and poverty levels. Those child welfare grants will cost SA R32.5 billion this year. And that's only at R260 a month (which is basically nothing), but still a big enough incentive for people to keep on buggering eachother. And now we hear that it'll increase by another million by next year. Educate the people rather than rewarding them for being stupid.

      clivecorbz - 2012-01-18 15:31

      Can someone please explain to me as to why we should care less about Zimbabwean and Swazi children?

      colin.dovey - 2012-01-18 15:31

      That ALREADY amounts to over.......R1,1 BILLION a year! (R1,115,245,440)

      clivecorbz - 2012-01-18 15:39

      Social grants are a tough one and I am not coming in as pro or against them. I'm just saying that it doesn't matter which country a child was born in, a child in need is a child in need. Our country is supposed to be on the front for the end of discrimination. And just because we're not doing a good of it at the moment, doesn't mean we should just give up.

      procold2 - 2012-01-18 16:25

      @ johan well said @ clive gee buddy by the number of thumbs down i would say our tax paying sa residents are sick of the illeagals taking over.

      John - 2012-01-18 20:28

      1 step of the SOLUTION, is to remove all those with multiple identities, be they children or adults. 2 step of SOLUTION, is remove all illegals, be they children or adults, from South Africa. 3 step of SOLUTION, is to make them work for their grant. Now some bozo is going to jump to the exceptions; that is why they are called exceptions; I am talking about the huge majority who can work.

      Jon Low - 2014-06-28 01:00

      If you expect people to work for their grant, you then have a duty to provide the work for them to do. (After all, those social grants are designed to help those who are unemployed and under-employed. If there are simply no jobs available to be done, then those people can't work, even if they are ready, willing and able to.)

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      Anthony - 2012-01-18 16:27

      R250 a month wow now lets 10 kids thats R2500 a month great lots money, and thats how far there nose grows!

  • Moss - 2012-01-18 14:14

    How many stolen babies have been re-registered several times by different ladies to continue looting....

  • ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-18 14:16

    Have babies, and the government pays you. How awesome is that?!

      Andrew - 2012-01-18 15:26

      If someone is poor enough to have a baby for R260 per month income, thats the problem, not the person trying to survive.

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-18 15:59

      Let me just make sure I understand. The problem is that people are poor. The problem is not that people who are poor demand the right to have 6-8 children, while simultaneously demanding that they be taken care of. Is that right?

      Susanna Johanna - 2014-06-27 23:39

      Did you know children affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome's mothers are entitled to a higher grant payment? Rawsonville and Prince Albert compete for the title of town with the most FAS babies in the country at the moment. If only mothers of FAS babies can be arrested for crimes against humanity and sterilized in order to curb this rampant child abuse....

  • Getafix - 2012-01-18 14:16

    Yes, Have more kids, Just do it, Spread the word. This world has an infinite supply of food and gravy. Some people are so brainwashed, they have no idea what is coming and who they voted for won't be able to do anything about it, accept purchase some arms and have the troops take out the suffering and disabled, all while the Elite continue to live like kings. Slavery hasn't gone away, I bet a loaf of bread a day will make someone build you a house someday.

      gerthough - 2012-01-26 23:17

      I totally agree. Brainwashed to serve a few of the Elite when they need votes.

  • Max - 2012-01-18 14:26

    Don't breed them if you can't feed them..they are spawning like fish.

  • Larry - 2012-01-18 14:27

    With all the corruption and thieving going on, how do we pay for this? I have a bad feeling that this may be the last straw that breaks the taxpayers back.

  • Garth - 2012-01-18 14:32

    How to bankrupt a country in 3 easy letters: A N C

      Anton Van Den Heever - 2012-01-18 15:20

      Breeding like rabbits while maybe 9% of the population pays the greatest share of tax!

      Garth - 2012-01-18 15:50

      At this rate of sponsored breeding it will not be 9% for much longer.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 19:25

      Garth, 9% is actually a statistic of the white poulation. If anything it will go down as opposed to 40 million breeding because thats what they do.

  • Moss - 2012-01-18 14:36

    School girl pregnancy in limpopo, What I have discovered during december holidays in limpopo,most young girl have children with foreigners (zimbabwean ,somalians etc),mostly i think they were just lured to such relationship (promise marrage)for citizenship sake,bcos these guy are not even willing to pay maintainance (conribute to raising of the child),they refer these innocent young girls to sassa office, and claim they dont have money.

      Hasane - 2012-01-18 15:47

      Eish! moss do a spelling check before posting comment.

  • Marco - 2012-01-18 14:48

    and the number of taxpayers has remained about the same?

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-01-18 16:49

      decreased... remember the total job losses of 2010 and 2011... wasn't it about 1 million (i stand to be corrected)

  • anthony.swart - 2012-01-18 14:48

    They don't get it! NO Brains! Thick as stumps! Reward people for being stupid, that's why SA is going backwards ANC leave now before its too late.

      Noma - 2012-01-18 15:13

      if ANC leave than which one will do better coz we not going back sorry.

      Garth - 2012-01-18 15:23

      @noma - going back where? In time - to 18 years ago? No thanks! But you ignorant anc supporters are most definitely STUCK in the past. Open your eyes to the sense, the logic of the criticisms of your beloved ineptocracy. THE ANC IS USELESS AND IS KILLING THIS COUNTRY.

      Mo - 2012-01-18 15:47

      God, what is it with black people and race? Why can't you just leave it alone? If the leader of the DA was black, I would still vote for them. As long as they have the standards, brains, and morals of the current DA. The cape is the only province in the entire country doing good, because the system is working. the ANC have their priorities wrong. Can't you see that? Would you rather suffer, than vote for a party that'll do a good job, just because the party leader is white? Then YOU are the racist one. Not me.

      Hasane - 2012-01-18 15:49

      @ Noma i think you also benefit from the scheme.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-18 16:39

      @noma nom nom nom nom...nothing...get it?

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 19:28

      Garth - spot on. The truth is you have no choice here. We have the totally F**king useless dumb ANC. Then you have the DA which has a white face on the cover. So there is zero choice. Zero alternative, zero hope! We will be stuck in the dark until the black citizens decide for themselves!

  • Newsmonger - 2012-01-18 14:49

    Just another way of showing that perhaps first and foremost parents should be held accountable, educate the ignorant...lying on their backs with hands open expecting hand outs again. In the time the anc have been in power this has escalated saying this I imagine it wouldnt differ much with the DA due to 'cultral' differences between all the races of our rainbow nation. What I could say however is that there wont be any 400million parties or excessive luxary (just look at the auditor generals findings western cape squeeky clean.) this could be used in education programmes for the 'under informed' about excessive breeding (Beacause infact this is what it is!). Instead of handouts provide them with some sort of skill. 16% admitted to falling pregnant for R260 per month - Are we for real? I couldnt do anything let alone raise a kid for that much, but then I suppose I have expenses, I dont have - free housing, land, education, electricity,tv ---what next I ask you?

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 14:53

    The ANC must be smiling. 9 million extra people on grants. That is a lot of voters for the future. Especially when you compound those figures with their future, irresponsible offspring. This is why the wealth gap grows. Poor people breeding irresponsibly and the wealthy being responsible. No one in South Africa can expect the powers that be to responsible.

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-18 15:20

      yeah but remember aparteid caused all of this hey.....the anc cannot play this card for much longer. "Irresponsible offspring" - like that.

  • Faizie - 2012-01-18 14:58

    Ask King Goodwills son he doesnt support his daughter either, so what are you supposed to do when you are unemployed. Sma - 0826612000

  • TamaraSays - 2012-01-18 14:59

    We have a total population of under 50 million. That means that 1/5 or twenty percent of our population are on child grants alone. There is no way this kind of growth in welfare can be sustained. What happens when the money runs out?

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-18 15:24

      they take according to Juliarse.Liked your article by the way. for those who havent read it have a read..

      Deon - 2012-01-18 16:17

      Someone might get the "bright idea" to print more money then, like our neighbour Zimbabwe.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-18 16:36

      The children are thew future and so we need to take care of them. Beside they only account for less than 40% of the total expenditure while the old people take most of the money. Or maybe you didn't read the article

      TamaraSays - 2012-01-18 16:48

      Agreed. We as PARENTS have a duty to give our children the best. The question is, if you are unemployed, are you giving your child the best by condemning them to a life of social welfare, unemployment and no education?

      TamaraSays - 2012-01-18 16:53

      So what you are saying is that the billions spent on child welfare is only 40% of the amount, as though that were a GOOD thing? Think about it bro. If half your population is, essentially, a leech, and they are having more children all the time, eventually, there comes a point where the money coming in cannot sustain the people who are taking from the system.

  • Colin - 2012-01-18 14:59

    My claculator is unable to answer this question: Based on the above figures how much tax revenue is " invested " in the 70% of this figure of ten million plus folk who are CHILDREN on CHILD SUPPORT on an annual basis. My calculator goes up to one billion Rands and shows an error when I tried. To make the matter even more incredulous, another one million benefactors will be receiving social grants by next year of which 700,000 of these will be CHILDREN. Forgive my expression of disbelief in this matter but W T F is our illustrious government doing about this investment code ? Ciao. Colin.

      Johan - 2012-01-18 15:08

      They don't even have calculators, so they don't know or care what it costs.

  • Kobus - 2012-01-18 15:22

    me a childrin. where i registar?

  • Andile - 2012-01-18 15:22

    It is shocking to lean that just over R7billion rands goes to child support grants. This is crippling the economy. We as a country need to revisit this. We seriously need to see if we cant come up with ways of making this money grow by getting all those receiving child support grants to do something to earn this money, instead of just receiving it "SIMAHLA" free.

      Mike - 2012-01-18 15:31

      Although it may be shocking, try R400million for a party???

      gerthough - 2012-01-26 23:28

      Andile, I agree with you, the thing is - it is a sick idea to support people in such a way that they eventually will not want to work in order to survive financially. We now have this dilemma - how to stop it? It may already be too late.

      Jon Low - 2014-06-28 01:03

      Do what, Andile? It's npot as if there are jobs on offer at every corner. Who must hire them, to do what, and for what benefit to the employer?

  • busi.carol - 2012-01-18 15:24

    i think the goverment should only assist a maximum of two kids. Anything above that, let it be the parents responsibility.

      Willie - 2012-01-18 15:35

      true this nonsense of grant is not sustainable SA hasn't got money

      Spoed - 2012-01-18 15:44

      no grants at all -- if you are unable to look after a child don't have one!

  • Spoed - 2012-01-18 15:33

    wonder what the effect would be if you are offered R2500.00 to be sterilized?

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-18 15:37

      Not in the anc's best interest, wouldnt be offered.

      Ken - 2012-01-18 19:07

      Wonderful idea. It would solve a major problem. Brilliant!

      Ken - 2012-01-18 19:10

      Only problem would be that some people would find a way to get sterilized dozens if not hundreds of times !

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-01-18 15:38

    Off topic, who remembers when Mandela said schooling would be free? Anyone? Yeah, he said it. I was just wondering when that was gonna happen...

      jowza1 - 2012-01-18 15:42

      yes way off topic

      Johan - 2012-01-18 16:03

      It is actually free, since a school can't turn a pupil away if his parents can't afford it. And that applies to any public school, not just the poor, rural schools. I know of a few pupils in Paul Roos whose parents don't pay school fees. And it's not because they're star athletes or rugby players.

      Deon - 2012-01-18 16:23

      Blade also wants universities to be free, maybe If we discover oil.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-18 16:28

      School is already free for those who cant afford. I went to a model c school in the suburbs and my parents could no longer afford the fees then the school advised my parents to apply for an exemption at the department of education. They did that and the last 3 years of my schooling were free.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 16:48

      The majority of citizens in this country do not pay for water or electricity. Then you can add all the refugees and illegal immigrants to that..... SA has got no future.

  • Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2012-01-18 16:17

    This my friends is the cost of democracy! The ANC promised people free housing, schools and support. I for one used to blame them for promising such an un feasible arrangement, but take a step back and remember that most black people at that time did not share the views of 'a rainbow nation' they fought against being house servants, gardeners, and blue collar workers. They fought with the intent of upholding the freedom charter which stood for the distribution of land and resources. That ideal still lives on today through supporters of Julius who cheer when he tells them that 'white people will be their maids'. Remember aparteid succeed in creating under educated people and although some people think that 17 years is a long time, it is in reality a drop in the ocean of the time we will need to rectify these ideologies. So fasten tight because just like michael douglas said in wall street,money never sleeps...u r th ninja generation always blamed 4 th sins of ur forefathers. Like it or not.

  • Refilwe IronMan Rakoma - 2012-01-18 16:17

    This my friends is the cost of democracy! The ANC promised people free housing, schools and support. I for one used to blame them for promising such an un feasible arrangement, but take a step back and remember that most black people at that time did not share the views of 'a rainbow nation' they fought against being house servants, gardeners, and blue collar workers. They fought with the intent of upholding the freedom charter which stood for the distribution of land and resources. That ideal still lives on today through supporters of Julius who cheer when he tells them that 'white people will be their maids'. Remember aparteid succeed in creating under educated people and although some people think that 17 years is a long time, it is in reality a drop in the ocean of the time we will need to rectify these ideologies. So fasten tight because just like michael douglas said in wall street,money never sleeps...u r th ninja generation always blamed 4 th sins of ur forefathers. Like it or not.

      Dewald - 2012-01-18 16:36

      Tell us about the same problems in Haiti. And the rest of Africa. And in South America. And in Asia. Then explain for us in detail how Apartheid caused that as well. I am putting the popcorn in the microwave, I will be back now...

  • Dewald - 2012-01-18 16:20

    My common sense (why does common sense seems to be politically incorrect most of the time?) tells me that unless the current lunacy is nipped in the bud a lot of people (and many small one's) are going to die at some point in time, whether we like it or not......

  • MarkH - 2012-01-18 16:40

    WTF, now at least I know where the rest of my hard-earned money is going to - half the teenage, female population of sub-saharan Africa and their children. I know the bulk goes to fat, devious, self-enriching, lying, dishonest politicos but isn't this going just a touch too far? 10 million child grants, at least a million "civil" servants, probably a million politicos with their families, hangers-on and assorted relatives, most of the Zim and Swazi populations - seems soon it'll only be the couple of hundred tax-payers left who aren't receiving a grant which is really weird since they're the ONLY ones actually working or contributing. Talk about killing the golden goose, we're soon going to be having to pull rabbits out of the hat to support this lot. Considering that the oldies - who receive peanuts, relative to their massive contribution made - paid taxes for donkey's years to create this country, who's surprised we're now just another basket-case, 2nd rate, 3rd world country? Way to go ANC, what happens when the last taxpayer switches out the lights and leaves?

  • Vutomi Eulendah Lubisi - 2012-01-18 17:56

    So whatss happen when a 16 years old fall pregnant!!! Am lost trying to get if she continue get her own grant as a child, and another grant for her own baby,?????

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-18 18:13

      LOLz. It's like that

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-18 18:44

    I know I'm most likely going to be called a lot of names and get a lot of insults thrown my way for asking this question but here goes: Why have children if you can't afford them in the first place? Condoms are free aren't they?

  • Ken - 2012-01-18 19:06

    We are heading for a disaster if almost 25 % of the population are living off a government grant. Implosion on the way !

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-18 20:43

    This child grants should be for life if the beneficiary do not work,because if the grant stops at a certain age you are condemning somebody to starvation

      Dewald - 2012-01-19 07:18

      Either that or they are condemned to go out and find a job! That is so terrible - we should get Human Rights Watch involved!!

  • Mike - 2012-01-18 23:06

    Over population is, in my opinion, probably the main contributing factor to most of the worlds current problems.Global-warming, poverty, war, famine etc.etc. Leaders can sit around and debate these issues till the cows come home, but if we don't pay attention to population growth,things will just get worse and worse. The only way to reverse the situation, locally and globally, is with negative population growth.

  • Dewald - 2012-01-19 07:14

    Poverty101 - The life cycle of poverty works like this: Some people have more children than what their income allows. The family is then rather poor and the children end up with a low level of education. This in turn cause a low level of income for the children. And the children have too many children again...... These people are the only one's that can break the cycle. Blaming the affluent is NOT going to break the cycle. Blaming Apartheid is NOT going to break the cycle. Asking for hand-outs from the affluent is NOT going to break the cycle. Supporting governments which make false promises is NOT going to break the cycle.

      Mike - 2012-01-19 08:34


  • Jon Low - 2014-06-28 00:55

    "Some have argued that the child support grant acts as an incentive for teenage pregnancy." It may be an incentive, but what it certainly does is remove a negative consequence. Many -- perhaps most -- of the striking platinum miners managed to stay away from work for 5 months without being starved to surrender simply by subsisting on the child welfare grants they received for their many children. Workers now know that having many children is a fail-safe survival tool for those times when you are on strike, most years.

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