Child support grants alone not enough of a leg up into job market - academic

In 1998 South Africa introduced the child support grant system four years after the advent of democracy.

But how often do you ask yourself, what happens to grant recipients who are no longer eligible to receive these grants?

To answer this question, Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show chats to the University of Johannesburg Centre for Social Development in Africa director professor Lauren Graham.

Graham has conducted a study looking at post child support grant beneficiaries.

The child support grant is an amazing grant which reaches around 12 million children and research has shown that it has positive poverty alleviation effects during childhood. But we were looking at what happens to those young people after they no longer receive the child support grant.

Professor Lauren Graham, Director - University of Johannesburg Centre for Social Development in Africa

She says the study looked at 21 to 22-year-old young adults in 2017 who as children would have been living in households that were income eligible to receive the child support grant.

What we see is that by the time that they are 21 to 22 years old, they have more years of education than children who didn't receive the child support grant but they are not more likely to finish matric. We also see that the two groups are just as likely to be unemployed.

Professor Lauren Graham, Director - University of Johannesburg Centre for Social Development in Africa

What we argue is that the child support grant on its own is insufficient to support young people to transfer towards post-secondary education and the labour market.

Professor Lauren Graham, Director - University of Johannesburg Centre for Social Development in Africa

Listen below to full interview:


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