Apr 14, 2011
Another million people will benefit from the social assistance grant programme this year, social development minister Bathabile Dlamini said in the National Assembly on Thursday.
Delivering her budget vote, she said the social assistance grant was one of the department's biggest poverty alleviation programmes and currently reached 15,3 million people at a cost of R97 billion.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini
In the 2011/12 financial year, the department would spend over R104 bn to reach an extra million people.
Beneficiaries of the grants were children, the aged and people with disabilities.
Dlamini said that the age of children who could register for the grant had risen to 17 from January 1.
A total of 10.3 million children accessed the grant. Some 1.2m people with disabilities benefited and 2.7m pensioners.