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The gap between the poor and the rich in South Africa is growing wider, said Aubrey, who declined to give his surname.
He said because of the widening gap, the rich had to subsidise the poor, and the only way to do this was through grants.
"Nobody in this country should be poor. These grants help in reducing crime. I think the minister did his best," Aubrey said.
Rose Segonote, 65, of Meadowlands, Soweto, jokingly said pension money should have gone up some more. She said she appreciated that the minister gave old people that much but they could do with more because they cared for their unemployed children and their grandchildren.
She also commended the minister for increasing the price of cigarettes and alcohol.
"I am so happy that they have gone up because our children are dying from these things."
She suggested that the minister reduce the price of food and petrol next.
Mpho Ramodibe said increasing pension money was a good idea but was against the child grant increment.
"Some of the children who have babies leave school because they think will cash in on the grant. I think that they will see this as encouragement to have more children."
But Zikhona Mbimbi, 21, contested this, saying the child grant was essential.
"I think that it is good that he increased the child grant because it helps unemployed people."
Mbimbi said she did not have a child of her own but her relatives did and she could see how handy the money was.
She said increasing the price of cigarettes and alcohol was not going to make any difference.
"People will still drink and smoke, it does not matter."
Joyce Mazula, 50, praised the minister for increasing the pension grant.
"This R70 will make a huge difference to the elderly. They can use this money to buy groceries for themselves as well as their grandchildren who are usually left in their care," she said.
Joyce Maoki agreed with Mazula that the increase in the pension grant will make a difference because grannies are the ones who look after the children.
She said the R20 increase in child support grant will also make a difference for mothers as they can use that money to buy food.
Virginia Leshabane disagreed with Maoki about the child support grant.
The 59-year-old said if she was a member of Parliament she would call for the cancellation of this grant because it does not reach its beneficiaries.
"Mothers use the money to buy clothes and alcohol instead of buying food for their kids," she said.
Mzoxolo Sigwili, 28, also feels the pension increase is good while the child support grant is a waste of time. He said the government should do away with it because it is not utilised correctly.
Millicent Musiya, a police officer in Venda, said she hopes the price of alcohol will be increased to a level where it will be inaccessible to everybody.
"Alcohol is a factor in most of the crime in this country."
She welcomed an increase in police salaries. "An improvement in salaries will motivate officers."
Nelson Ngobeni said: "Government must come up with creative ways of raising money instead of targeting alcohol every year."
Goodman Masuluka added: "Teachers are professionals and must be paid decent salaries. Decent salaries will convince kids to take up teaching as a career."