Child poverty high in SA

2011-08-15 14:33

Johannesburg - Child poverty is high in South Africa, a United Nations Children's Fund study revealed on Monday.

The study on the impact of the global economic recession had on children indicated that child poverty remained high at 65.5% compared to 52% of the country.

Launching the report in Kliptown, Soweto, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said over 900 000 jobs were lost during the recession and had affected children in poor households the most.

She said government had introduced policies to alleviate poverty. A child support grant and the social relief of distress grant were measures implemented by government to help the poor.

The study indicated the economic recession disrupted the decline in child poverty in the past decade.

It further indicated that the child support grant was useful in helping to reduce the depth and the severity of the poverty.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-08-15 14:41

    Then why the f&*( are we sending food to somalia?

      Gail - 2011-08-15 14:56

      Not to mention R1.4bn loan to Swaziland!!!!

      Kgomotso - 2011-08-15 15:10

      Didnt you Mother teach you manners on how to communicate with people.Your language is terrible

      Neil - 2011-08-15 15:17

      This is what happens if you keep making babies without the means to support them and relying on your government to do that for you. I feel sorry for the kids suffering because of their parents negligence. Any more clever ideas from our ANC government? Yet they are bailing Swaziland out and sending food to Somalia while majority of their supporters are living UNDER THE POVERTY line and starving. And their supporters still think that the ANC cares about it's people. I say fire these idiots that strike all the times and give their jobs to people living in poverty that want to work and get themselves out of that position.

      Neil - 2011-08-15 15:20

      @Kgomotso: For once I agree with Polly and he does have a valid point, his language is just proof of South Africans getting gatvol of a government with a peanut for a brain.

      Grab - 2011-08-15 22:17

      We are doing these things...omdat ons gevriet koep!

      Ang - 2011-08-16 12:30

      Those organisatins who are supporting Somalia should be supporting our kids here!! Charity begins at home!

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-15 14:44

    " She said government had introduced policies to alleviate poverty. " An ANC spokesperson stated that people needed to understand the basic economics & consequences of over- breeding, which resulted in poverty & child abuse. This spokesperson also stated that the Government was undertaking a major campaign into rural areas & that the slogan would be " less breeding - more feeding. Now....Would'nt THAT be wonderful, if it were true !

      beicime - 2011-08-15 18:01

      If I am a white racist for calling incompetent to a government that allows black children to starve, may I call murderers to the incompetents in the government? And if so, what should be that negotiate tenders? The ANC is very good in planning, planning, planning but nothing comes out of it except higher cost of living.

  • ginger13 - 2011-08-15 14:45

    why are we giving 2.5billion rand to swaziland surely our people need those funds more!!!! but i bet you set up a programme to feed our people half the money will go missing anyway..... how many houses can we build in poor communities with all the money that is being stolen from us....

      bar-one - 2011-08-15 17:05

      to protect their swazi investments,that's why

  • Judy G - 2011-08-15 14:54

    If you can not feed do not breed!!! As simple as that. One needs to plan and budget to have a baby.

  • Virginia - 2011-08-15 15:31

    Why do think Malema gets tenders, keeping in with the cadres. Have we ever had poverty in this country before 1994, please someone enlighten us. This continent should look at its economy and its population, and start culling(sterilising) Africa cannot afford anymore children, look at Somalia, where are these childrens humanrights are the leaders of this continent not ashamed of themselves, especially those that hae stolen the coffer dry.Shame on you, our children are suffering and the elders do not care.

  • Someone - 2011-08-15 15:54

    Why breed like rabbits then. If you cannot afford to look after one child, why go and have five or six children. Why do the tax payers who work hard for our money, have to pay for these uneducated and irresponsible decisions.

  • bar-one - 2011-08-15 17:04

    I guess they left Malema Out of the study

  • beicime - 2011-08-15 17:55

    My heart bleeds for those children and even more when thinking that some fat cats may be getting richer and richer with money that should have been used to alliviate the suffering of children.

  • sonet.vd.westhuizen - 2011-10-24 00:10

    THANK YOU!!!!!Eventually someone wakes up! No matter who says what, these children did not ASK to be here and should NOT suffer! PLEASE, please can they be helped! I collected food, blankets, clothes, toys for these kids and it brought TEARS to see their suffering!. a little boy who was given 4 slices of bread cried with joy for receiving it! It is HEARTBREAKING! When we contacted the lotto and other institution for help we were shown away!! There are thousands of kids going to bed without food and it is kids of ALL races... SA as a nation should have woken up years ago, built soup kitchens, hostels and looked after their own before splashing out to others and wasting our taxes on self enrichment!. Those who are guilty of corruption, please know this... YOU ARE KILLING THE CHILDREN OF SOUTH AFRICA!! People and kids are starving whilst you live it up in luxury!!

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