Last updated: 08/3/2024

Programme Details

Previous programme name (if any)
State Maintenance Grant (SMG)

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
The caregiver must: (i) be the child’s primary caregiver (e.g. parent, grandparent or a child over 16 heading a family). Note: If you are not the child's parent, you must provide proof that you are the child’s primary caregiver through an affidavit from a police official, a social worker’s report, an affidavit from the biological parent or a letter from the principal of the school attended by the child. (ii) be a South African citizen or permanent resident. (iii) not earn more than R52 800 per year if you are single. If you are married, your combined income should not be above R105 600 per year and (iv) live in South Africa. The child must: (i) be under the age of 18 years, (ii) not be cared for in a state institution and (iii) live with the primary caregiver who is not paid to look after the child.
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
SASSA can decide if the child’s grant must be reviewed. The income declared will form the basis for this decision. The person will be notified three months in advance of the date on which the review will take place or the date on which the life certificate (proof that the person still alive) is due

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
R 510 a month per child. (Top-up R500 + R250) (this amount refer to October 2023 - amounts are subject to change in April and October every year).
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Benefit delivery mechanism
(i) Cash at a specific pay point on a particular day (ii) Electronic deposit into their bank account, including Postbank (iii) An institution acting as administrator of the grant
Benefit recipients
The recipient of the benefit is the child’s primary caregiver. If the recipient is unable to collect the benefit, a proxy may be appointed at the SASSA office.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
The child may receive the grant from birth until their 18th birthday so long as the eligibility criteria are met. The grant lapses in the following cases: (i) if the child passes away, (ii) if the child is admitted to a state institution (iii) if the caregiver does not claim it for three consecutive months or (iv) if the child is absent from the country at the end of the year in which the child turns 18.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Social assistance baseline indicators are set every five years in the national strategy and implemented through the Annual Performance Plans. There is a monitoring framework embedded in the five year strategies and the annual performance plans, but there is not an integrated monitoring and evaluation system at national/local levels.
Social Grant Payment System (SOCPEN) is mainly used for (i) processing applications for the old age, disability, war veterans, child support, foster child and care dependency grants, (ii) generating a pay file monthly for the approximately 17 million grants and (iii) automatically producing a list of beneficiaries due to be reassessed.