Do social grants make a difference?

The number of social grants recipients in South Africa have increased exponentially over the past twenty years: from an estimated 4-million in 1994 to 16.9 million by 30 September 2015.

Studies consistently show that grants, particularly the child grant, are targeted effectively at very poor households and that they have been central to poverty alleviation over the post-apartheid years – although they have had little effect on overall inequality in the country.

Professor Ann Skelton, director at the Centre for Law at University of Pretoria talks to 702's Azania Mosaka about how effective these grants are.

She says the biggest impact has been the number of children reached by the child support grant.

Well 11 million children getting on for 12 have been reached.

Professor Ann Skelton, director at the Centre for Law at University of Pretoria

The impact of that grant on children's health, well being, access to education has really made a difference despite it being such a small amount of money, says Skelton.

There is talk of extending the child support grant until the age of 21 rather than 18, as well as increasing the amount as it is currently R350 per month.

Listen to the full interview below:

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