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Cabinet held its ordinary meeting in Cape Town, 21 October 2009.
Cabinet was pleased to announce the approval of the extension of the Child Support Grant (CSG) to eligible children between the ages of 15 to 18 years. The current (CSG) policy only catered for children up to the age of 15 years. This decision only applies to children from poor households and is part of Government’s commitment to reduce incidence of poverty amongst children. Caregivers of the beneficiaries will have the responsibility to ensure that the beneficiaries remain in school.
The Child Support Grant for 16 year-olds will start on 1 January 2010. These grants will benefit approximately 2 million children from poor households. The total cost will be R1.3 billion, R2.6 billion and R3.5 billion respectively over the three-year period.
Themba Maseko (Government Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 645 0810
Issued by Government Communications (GCIS)
22 October 2009
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