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16.7 million people will be on government grants by 2015

By Sapa | Feb 22, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

Big cost to cover

The number of South Africans receiving social grants will swell to 16.7 million over the next three years, according to the 2012/13 Budget, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

Spending on social grants will grow from R105 billion in 2012/13, to R122 billion in 2014/15, the 2012 Budget Review shows.

The document notes that "despite limited fiscal resources, government provides a safety net for nearly one-third of the population through the social grant programme... paying for largely free services at public health facilities and no-fee schools for 60 percent of learners".

By the end of last year, nearly 15.3 million people were eligible for social grants, compared to 2.5 million in 1998.

According to the document, the average value of the "social wage" for a family of four in 2012/13 will be about R3,940 a month.

Despite the rapid growth in the number of beneficiaries, however, spending on social grants would decline as a percentage of GDP -- from 3.5 percent in 2011/12, to 3.2 percent by 2014/15.

This is because there were no major grant increases planned for the next three years, and economic growth was expected to outpace growth in the number of recipients.

The document notes employment is the most effective route out of poverty, and boosting long-term job creation remains an overriding objective of economic policy.

COMMENTS [ 18 ]

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Hahaa! S.Africa is certainly going down. Almost 17 million people on gvt freee bees? Thats a whooping 30% of the total population. The majority of them being kids sired by able bodied and gainfully employed men who chose to buy roll on over looking after their kids. Austerity measures will one day come, the 30% will turn against their government, that will the fall of the mighty nation. Why spoon feed able bodied people I wonder? Let them work, sell wares at traffic lights etc. Of the 17 mill, a mill plus are robbers and thieves who double up as destitute.

Feb 22, 2012 2:37 | 0 replies

The problem is we can't continue blaming the government because when Social Grants were introduced, they were meant for kds not as the substitute to the parents to give birth and stop looking for jobs to care for their kids, but lazy to think SAns jst continue to give birth in the thought that they will get grants. If people can just get off their lazy bums and just start to use Primary Health Care for family planning and start to develop themselves by acquiring skills then we can have a major drop in the population growth.

Feb 23, 2012 10:48 | 0 replies

Something needs to be done,ASAP we can't go on like this.

Feb 22, 2012 5:44 | 0 replies

What happens when this number overruns the employed? Disaster!!!!! Things must change fast.

Feb 22, 2012 4:27 | 0 replies

MAARKENG-JANONG

LOL
You call those insults?
Why would I complain to anyone about something so watery?

Feb 22, 2012 4:12 | 0 replies

MommaC

DON'T GO THAT ROURE AGAIN LIKE Y/DAY, TOE BOKKIE!! I WANT YOU TO ENJOY YOUR SUPPER TONIGHT WITH YOUR HUBBY WITHOU COMPLAINING ABOUT THE INSULTS THAT YOU RECEIVED FROM THE DARK@ES!!!!

GENIET JOU DAG VERDER, BOKKIE

BYE BYE

Feb 22, 2012 4:7 | 0 replies

nevus

Then how are you in an internet cafe?

Tjo maar jy kan twaak praat!

Feb 22, 2012 4:2 | 0 replies

Sinudeity
nevus - Ur not poor. You have a job, you have access to the internet.
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hey am earning child support grants am blogging from internet cafe.


MommaC
nevus

Shame bokkie. When did you become so poor?
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die tyd die moere het die groot baas (ET)dood gemaak

Feb 22, 2012 3:58 | 0 replies

nevus - Ur not poor. You have a job, you have access to the internet.

Feb 22, 2012 3:50 | 0 replies

nevus

Shame bokkie. When did you become so poor?

Feb 22, 2012 3:50 | 0 replies

MommaC
I am starting to really dislike the 'poor'.
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you are too late we disliked you before and while wena you starting thina we are finishing ke.

Feb 22, 2012 3:39 | 0 replies