I am still amazed that some South Africans think social #grants represent “people sponging off the state”. I’ve even heard this from people in poor communities, which benefit directly from grants.
Around 44% of total amount in the budget allocated for social grant money goes to pensioners. It’s a small amount, R1 780 a month – though big in South Africa because so many people have nothing or next to nothing.
More than half of South Africa’s population of around 58 million people are poor by the most generous measure. Around a quarter are food poor – meaning they can’t afford to eat properly or at all.
In the environment of such deep poverty, almost two thousand rand is the difference between eating or not – and pensioners’ money is often spread around to relatives.
The other big part of the social grant is for children. The myth is that young women become mothers for the grant money. Think about that for a moment. How desperate do you have to be to fall pregnant to get R420 a month?