Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu talks about Challenges in maintaining Child Health with Sassa's Support Grant.

Challenges in maintaining Child Health with Sassa’s Support Grant

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu talks about Challenges in maintaining Child Health with Sassa’s Support Grant.

We all know that Ensuring that all children have access to healthcare is an essential objective because child health is an essential aspect of a country’s wellbeing. In order to help needy families in South Africa satisfy their basic requirements, the government’s Social Assistance Programme offers a Support Grant with the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).

One of the many ongoing grants offered by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa)
is the Child Support Grant (CSG). In October 2023, the amount of the child support grant
increased, and it is now approximately R510.

The Child Support Grant Report and Child Poverty have been the subject of a review initiated by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu. The Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) was given a contract by the Department of Social Development (DSD) to perform an extensive investigation of child poverty and the efficacy of the grant program.

The comprehensive social plan must be implemented appropriately in order to improve the lives of vulnerable children living in South Africa, Minister Zulu said. ” We should live in the comfort of what we are doing to create a brighter future for our people “

The Support Grant might not always be sufficient to pay healthcare costs, which can include visits to the doctor, prescription drugs, and vaccinations. Families may be forced to choose between paying for healthcare and other basic necessities as a result.

Lack of knowledge and instruction on the significance of child health is another issue. It’s possible that some families do not completely appreciate the value of routine check-ups, immunizations, and preventive care. This may cause parents to put off getting their kids medical attention or to overlook some areas of their health.

According to the PMBEJD, it will cost on average R907,43 per month in September 2023 to provide a child with a basic, nutrient-rich meal. This represents the cost of food for families to maintain their health and nutrition and to allow children to grow and develop normally. It is the value of the Basic Nutritional Food Basket.

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Last updated: 08 October 2023