Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini yesterday moved to tackle challenges in the foster care grant system, especially the backlog in the processing of applications and extensions in all the provinces.
Dlamini moved to comply with a court order in 2011 that stipulated the foster care court orders that had expired or that were to expire in the next two years must be deemed to have been extended until June 2013.
The order effectively placed a moratorium on the lapsing of the grants. This meant social workers were allowed to extend grants administratively until December 2014 by which a legal solution must have been in place to prevent qualifying families for losing their grants.
Dlamini announced that a ministerial task team has been appointed to determine the contributing factors to the challenges with the foster care system. The 24-member team to be co-chaired by Bongi Ntuli and Mbuyiselo Botha will report back within 18 months.