Orphan caregivers urged to apply for grants!

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THE South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has urged caregivers of orphans to apply for an extended child support grant.

Sassa spokesman Senzeni Ngubeni said even those who don’t know the whereabouts of the remaining parent qualify to apply.

He said in order to qualify for the extended child support grant, the caregiver must produce the death certificates of both parents.

“They must either produce death certificate for the primary parent with an affidavit confirming that the whereabouts of the remaining parent are unknown and that he/she plays no role in taking care of the child,” he said.

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“Sassa introduced this grant to help children without parents having to go through the foster care system process purely for reasons of financial support. It is an additional amount added to the child support grant for the care giver.”

He said the current amount of the extended child support grant is R720 which can be paid out in cash on specific days at pay points, or can be paid directly into your bank account.

He said for more information applicants must contact their Customer help desk at (013) 754 - 9439/9428 or toll free number: 0800 60 10 11 from 8am to 4pm on weekdays.

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