Government’s spend on social development increased from R235 billion in 2017 to R259 billion in 2018, constituting 15% of the total national budget. The majority of the social development budget was allocated to old age grants (R70 billion), social security funds (R66 billion) and child support grants (R60 billion).
The old age, disability and child support dependency grants increased from R1 600 per month in 2017, to R1 700 in 2018. The child support grant increased from R380 to R410 per month.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) 2017 data showed that 16.5 million people out of the 51.8 million total population were recipients of social assistance grants.