10m receive child support grant

Children's rights group Molo Songololo said the child support grant provides a lifeline for children.

A shack dweller's washing dries in the wind in the Langrug informal settlement outside Franschhoek. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Rights group Molo Songololo on Thursday said the child support grant provides a lifeline for many South African children.

But it said this cannot be the only tool used to deal with child poverty.

The organisation's Patrick Solomon was speaking at the release of a Social Development report on the impact of the child support grant in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

The detailed 117-page report described the effects of the child support grant on children and communities.

Currently, some 10 million children under the age of 18 rely on the grant.

United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef)'s Aida Girma said government should be applauded for the grants as they make a huge difference to children.

However, Solomons warned the grants could not be the only instrument to tackle poverty.

He called on big business to come assist.

Child support grant recipients receive R270 a month.