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.
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