Number of orphans in the Eastern Cape has doubled

2011-09-29 07:25

The number of children growing up with no parents in the Eastern Cape has doubled in the past five years – from 352 000 to 701 000.

This is according to a paper recently released by the national department of social development, which has revealed how poverty and unemployment in the mostly rural Eastern Cape has debilitated the family structure, the Dispatch Online reported.

The huge growth in the number of orphans has added strain to already cash-strapped orphanages and places of safety.

Government’s response is a National Family Policy, a green paper still awaiting input from various Cabinet ministers before it can be released for public comment.

In its proposal, the government said the South African family was under threat from poverty, unemployment, unwanted pregnancies, HIV and Aids, absent parents and domestic violence. 

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