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No, South African government has not extended caregiver top-up grant

A Facebook post claims that the R500 caregivers top-up grant paid by the South African Social Security Agency as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold will continue.

“The R500 Caregiver grant has been added again. The top-up added R500 per caregiver, but not per child,” it reads. It was posted on 24 November 2020 and has been viewed more than 2 million times so far. 

But its claim is incorrect. 

Top-up grant ended in October 2020

In April, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that beneficiaries of the caregivers grant would receive an extra R500 from June to October. 

The caregivers grant is available to South African citizens and permanent residents who need financial assistance to raise children.

The top-up was intended to limit the effects of the national Covid-19 lockdown and was made available per caregiver, rather than per child. If a person cared for three children, they still only received an extra R500, not R500 per child. 

But the top-up came to an end in October. This was despite a court application by local human rights organisation, the Black Sash. As of November 2020, caregivers went back to receiving R450 per child.

Several credible news organisations have reported on the cancellation of the top-up grant. The claim that it has been extended beyond October is incorrect. – Africa Check


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