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Appealing for the increase of the Child Support Grant

Appealing for the increase of the Child Support Grant

The Children’s Institute has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to appeal for the increase of the Child Support Grant (CSG) by R500 for six months to protect children and families during the nationwide lockdown.

The NGO said in a statement that this would mitigate the impact of the lockdown on children and families and the economic shock caused by COVID-19.

The organisation says the lockdown is important to contain COVID-19, but will increase unemployment and poverty.

“International experience suggests that a lockdown is the best response to the virus from a public health perspective, but the economic impacts are devastating for South African households. South Africa already has very high rates of poverty, unemployment and inequality, and the effects of the lockdown on work and earnings threaten to exacerbate all these dynamics.”

The organisation says social grants are an extremely effective mechanism for protecting children and families against the effects of poverty.


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