Almost a quarter (24%) of households rely on social benefits as their main source of income, with more than half of national households receiving grants, Stats SA revealed.
Most (52.4%) ) Households rely on salaries or wages as their main source of income.
Statistics show that most (42%) households in the Eastern Cape receive social security benefits as their main source of income, compared to 37.3% who receive salaries.
Gauteng (23.6%) and Western Cape (26.2%) had the lowest percentages of households reporting grants as their primary source of income.
Households receiving at least one type of welfare benefit Scholarships were most common in Mpumalanga (65.8%), Limpopo (65.1%) and Eastern Cape (63.3%) and least common in Western Cape (38.7%) and Gauteng (38.4%).
Statistics SA also reported that access to social benefits increased from 2003 to 2021.
“The percentage of people who received So have used social services has increased steadily from 12.8% in 2003 to around 31%. between 2017 and 2019 before rising sharply to 35.7% in 2021.
“This growth has been closely tracked by that of households receiving at least one social allowance, which increased from 30.8% in 2003 to 45.5% in 2019, and 50.6% in 2021,” the report said.
Mpumalanga and Limpopo had the most young people benefiting from the Social Emergency Assistance Grant ( introduced in 2020 SRD) of R350 to limit the impact of Covid-19.
The highest intakes in 2021 were recorded in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Both provinces have 9.5%, while Gauteng (4.0%) and Western Cape (2.8%) have the rarest grants.
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