Kids go hungry whereas authorities underspends on little one help grants

The South African government spends far too little money on child support, so that millions of children are starving.

This is the view of the NGO Pietermaritzburg, Group for Economic Justice and Dignity (PEJDG), which described the recent decision by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to increase child benefit by only R 10 per month as “shocking”.

In its most recent report on the Household Food Basket, the organization said the grant, which will increase to R460 per month on April 1st, is already 21% below the R585 food poverty line and 35% below the R710.75 set for the A child’s diet is required is basic nutritious monthly diet.

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