Child Support Grant in South Africa - SASSA

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Child Support Grant

The Child Support grant is administered by your local SASSA office (South African Social Security Agency).

To be eligible you must be a citizen of South Africa, have permanent residency in the country or be a refugee and at the moment of application be living in South Africa.

Eligible people have an income and assets below a certain threshold. This threshold will also depend on your marriage status. If you have work or other sources of income but still need child support you can still apply for a grant.

Financial Requirements

At the time of writing (01/01/2021) you must meet the follwing financial requirements according to the "means test". If you are married you must earn less than R8,000 per month (R96,000 per year). If you are single you must earn less than R4,000 per month (R48,000 per year)

As of April 2020, the Child Support Grant is Rand 445 per month. If you want to recieve the grant the child must live with you in South Africa, must be under the age of 18 and you must be the primary care giver.

In the case that you are not the biological parent you have to proof that you are the primary caregiver. Proof can be a report from a social worker, a police official's affidavit, a biological parent of the child affidavit or a letter from the principal of the school of the child.

The maximum is no more that six legally adopted or non-biological children. Children cared for in a state institution are not eligible.

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