While it takes 30 working days for a foster care grant to be processed, checked and either approved or refused, the system has failed four orphan children from rural Tzaneen for well over a year.
After a bleak Christmas last year, children at the Ha-Mashau Drop-in Centre in Limpopo are set to have a festive season after the centre received funds from the Department of Social Development in the province.
Diagnosed blind and mentally disabled as a baby, Prince Makhado has waited a decade to receive the disability grant that could help his family make ends meet. Now, the Makhado family’s wait is over.
An abandoned building in the North West once used as a posh guesthouse for politicians has become a hideout for criminals who are making the lives of toddlers at a next-door crèche a nightmare.
Community members say they have tried for years to get the Department of Social Development to assist a child-headed family in Buhle Park east of Johannesburg. Now, they fear for the family’s safety.