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Title:The impact and effectiveness of the child support grant in Gugulethu, South Africa
Authors:Liziwe, J.
Kongolo, M.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:family allowances
child care
social security
Child support
Abstract:For the first time in South Africa's history, the Constitution compels the State to ensure the progressive realization of a social security grant. The country's constitution commits the State to developing a comprehensive social security system for all South Africans. This study investigates the impact and effectiveness of the Child Support Grant in Gugulethu, Western Cape Province, South Africa. Data was collected in 2007 using direct interview schedules with respondents from 30 households. The findings suggest that the Child Support Grant is more effective if it is incorporated into the household income, that recipients of the grant mainly spend it on food and in paying school fees for their children. Although the recipients share the same sentiment with regards to the amount of the grant (small), they all agree that it has a positive impact on children's lives, especially when it is combined with the household income. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]