Social support from government in the form of grants, which are available from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

The child support grant is important for the protection of children living in poverty. It provides financial support to the primary caregiver in need, of any child under the age of 18. 

The following conditions apply:

  • The child and primary caregiver must be South African citizens or permanent residents and living in South Africa. 
  • If you are not the child's parent, you have to 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. 
  • You are not allowed to apply for child support grants for more than six children if they are not your biological children and the caregiver must not be receiving any other payment for taking care of the child. 
  • To receive the grant, the income of the caregiver (if single) or combined incomes of the caregiver and his/her spouse is assessed against a means test.