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South Africa: Social Development Month - “Working together to build caring and sustainable communities”
Source: Government Info
Source Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 18, 2012

• Currently over 15 million eligible South Africans are receiving social benefits through the social assistance programme- of these beneficiaries over ten million are children
• Cabinet approved the extension of the Child Support Grant to children aged 16 and 17, which increased the number of children benefiting from the grant to more than 10, 5 million.
• Age equalisation between male and female recipients of the Grant for Older Persons entered its third and final phase when men aged 60 years started accessing the grant, thus increasing the number of older persons receiving the grant to 2,7 million.
• Recent independent research results show that the provision of social protection in a form of social grants has sustained many vulnerable households particularly against the global financial crisis that threatens to reverse development gains in many developing countries across the globe. This is commendable progress in attaining Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals-halving poverty by 2015.
Services from the Department of Social Development
• Social grants
• International social services
• Register early childhood development (ECD) partial care facilities
• ECD programme certificate
• Adopt a child in a convention country
• Adopt a child in a non-convention country
• Apply for intercountry adoption with local element
• Apply for local adoption with intercountry element
• Apply for intercountry family adoption
• Apply for foster care
• Admission to an old age home
• Register as a community based caregiver for older persons
• Registering as a caregiver for older persons


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