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Grant 'doesn't encourage teen pregnancy'

2012-03-06 14:39

Johannesburg - The child support grant (CSG) helps ease the burden on women, who bear the brunt of coping with poverty, and does not encourage teenage pregnancy, according to research conducted by the University of Johannesburg.

Leila Patel, director of the Centre for Social Development in Africa at UJ, said the findings showed the R270 grant paid per child improved the quality of life of the very poor in South Africa.

About 55% of South African children receive the child support grant, which is the most far-reaching social support in the country.

The three-year study by the centre was done in Doornkop in Soweto. In total 343 households were surveyed with a special focus on women. About 44% of the households surveyed were living on less than R1 000 a month and supplementing their income with hawking, hairdressing, and caring for children.

Not misused

Patel said that even though the results were local, they could be extrapolated to include other similar urban areas. The results of the research meant the City of Johannesburg was now focusing on Doornkop as an area in need of social services.

"It has placed the spotlight on this community and, generally, the CSG can be used to target communities with other social needs."

The research found that 90% of CSG beneficiaries were women in households living on less than R1 000 a month.

"There is a lot of negative debate about the CSG that it is being misused," she said. "This was not what we found."

The allegation that the grant encouraged teenage pregnancy could also not be proved, she added.

"Only about five percent of women between 16 and 20 years old and who had a child are receiving the grant," she said.

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-03-06 14:46

    I am not a teenager, but R 270 hardy seems worth the effort. Who knows, might be handy to buy airtime, though.

      Cast53 - 2012-03-06 15:09

      I heard that alot of the young girls have kids then leave them with the grandma and take the money to go drink etc

      Penny - 2012-03-06 15:14

      It's almost R 300 per child per month. Have 4 or 5, leave the kids with gogo, and it becomes a salary each month for airtime and whatever these teenage mothers are buying for themselves.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-06 15:14

      i agrea sharon, i would of been much happier if the gover ment spent that R270.00 on formula and nappies and maybe took a little of the huge saleries paid to these corupt oficials and build childrens clinics... think about it, its jod creation, the gov could strike deals with large companies to suply them and the variable of a drunken father husband or boyfriend stealing that from the poor mom also gets taken out.

      Linda - 2012-03-06 15:37

      Just stop the money grant and start issuing vouchers for baby formula and nappies and see how quickly the babies stop coming! Having babies is a lucrative business because 1 baby born can be used to obtain multiple birth certificates - 1 in an urban area, 1 in the rural area where the maternal mother comes from using her surname, and 1 in the rural area where the paternal mother comes from using his surname. This means 3 basic grants can be claimed, plus the grannies then claim for foster grants which is WAY higher than the basic grant. Add this all together and the grants DEFINITELY are contributing to teenage pregnancy as it brings in a good income.

      Vicker - 2012-03-06 15:41

      Well said Linda. Also - how about these women NOT popping out children like a slot machine to begin with - this way they dont have any of the financial strain that goes with a baby. How many condoms can the Gumment hand out for R270/month??? A lot more than what is necessary to reduce the number of unwanted/unplanned pregnancies...

      Cast53 - 2012-03-06 15:44

      The US haver a system that works food stamps (can only be used for groceries), will curb alot of pregnancies and kids will not be left hungry so the mom can get drunk and pregnant again

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-06 17:01

      I would much prefer taking the R270 an putting it towards sterilisation of those that have kids that they can't afford. It becomes the tax payer's burden no matter how un politically correct it sounds. You should need a license and proof of income to have kids, otherwise, if I am paying for the proliferation of kids, I should have a say in how we stop them. This is hardly situation where the kids are products of love either, it's sad and the kids that are there do need help, but not their parents.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-06 14:47

    Whoever conducted this survey lives in Lala land!

      Willie - 2012-03-06 15:02

      this so-called research is just a load of crap,reality for this so called scientist is a pie in the sky

      Kala - 2012-03-06 15:14

      I have heard differently from people who live in these poor communities. Two kids= R540 so if you were living on R1 000 you have increased your income by over 50%. Do they care if the child suffers from mal nutrition... Apparently not.

      Thokozane - 2012-03-06 16:12

      @Shirley, I agree. This survey was conducted on a fraction of people. Teen pregnancy was frowned upon during my high school days in the 90s and now it seems like its the norm. The Government should rather issue food stamps, that way, there is no cash involved. My biggest gripe is that the money is not used for what its meant for.

      Wesley - 2012-03-07 05:09

      It depends who was the sponsor for the study, it seems from this story it was the goverment, different outcome if somebody from the real world sponsor the study.

      Tigra - 2012-03-07 07:41

      Only 343 households? That's a tiny fraction of the number of households receiving child care grants. The study size is simply not big enough to get meaningful results. And it took them 3 years to get the results? Or did it take 3 years to cook the results into the answer they wanted?

      Art - 2012-03-09 18:43

      Doubt whomever undertook the study, ever set foot in a township... totally different to one of the overcrowded suburbs of Jhb....

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 09:49

      I kinda agree with you. If they are sly enough to have sex for money and airtime and material needs, I belive they (and their parents..?) will be corrupt enough to get CSG from the government too. Food stamps are a great idea, so is formula and nappies. But what about putting a limit on the amount of children the government will allow to pay grants for? Why can the government not restrict it? Why can young irresponable girls not be sterilised after baby nr 2? She won't be able to care for it anyway, and she does not want to comply the health regulations and efforts the government is trying to force down. I think SA allows evil stuff to keep on happening. We are ignorant and we are going to end up with lots more problems this way. We can learn alot from First World countries like Europe and America on how to manage government money and force people to comply.

  • justjimbean - 2012-03-06 14:49

    Really now ? How ignorant do you think we are ? When we read articles in local press about how schoolgirls admit to falling pregnant so they can drop out of school and get paid.. And then you expect us to believe this report ? Pa-leeeez...

  • Buzz - 2012-03-06 14:54

    How's this for a strange concept.... why don't we pay people who don't have children instead of incentivising reproduction? = Less strain on our limited resources. = Disourages teen or any other pregnancy. = Hell, it may even encourage the use of condoms and lower HIV/AIDS infection rates.

      Kala - 2012-03-06 15:52

      That's because its a very good idea, and we all know now that the Government does not look favourably upon good ideas.

  • cameronrh1 - 2012-03-06 14:55

    Its common knowledge to practically any individual, that many teens, and older woman too fall pregnant or become baby factories quiet literally just in order to receive these government grants. And this happens mainly in the poorer communities, thus further encouraging poverty. This government should adopt the same policies which if i am correct China has, they will pay and support you for only two children, after that you support the third on your own.

      Johann - 2012-03-06 16:12

      I think that the Chinese policy allow a couple only one child for which the parents dont receive any grants.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-06 17:03

      I would go further, more than 1 kid and YOU PAY extra as your kids are taking up resources. 1 Kid some support, none - TAX BREAK!

  • Jaz - 2012-03-06 14:56

    Whaa - the university of Johannesburg. No research was done in the Karoo towns then.

      Art - 2012-03-09 19:05

      Nor in KZN rural areas... where Pay as You Go Cellphones are KING!

  • aneekah - 2012-03-06 14:57

    Conduct the same study in the rural or semi-rural areas esp in KZN and speak to nurses in clinics who see the results everyday... might get a different story!

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 09:53

      I agree, people in these clinics will tell you the serious truth and I would rather listen to what they have to say than this survey. This is not an accurate survey and I wonder to funded it?

  • Azwi - 2012-03-06 14:58

    The findings of this study is far from being correct. Further research still need to be done on this area. I dispute this results without even looking at methodologies and other facts

      Penny - 2012-03-06 15:13

      Agree with you 100%. Very limited investigation done here.

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-06 15:24

      amen azwi

  • flippie.vanschalkwyk - 2012-03-06 14:58

    When dealing with statistics, numbers are often thrown around so fast that it is easy for a group or individual to manipulate how their statistics are viewed. If it is not promoting teen pregnancy, then please tell me why some teens get more than one child. When the child is grown up and the grants stop, he lands on the street.

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 15:30

      So, no teens fell pregnant in your days? When I was in high school, which was in the 90s the teen pregnancy rate was high & there was no child grant then. Teens fall pregnant because their parents do not talk to them about contraception as they think that would be encouraging them to have sex. I will agree though that AFTER they have had the baby, they then see getting grant money as a way of them getting free pocket money because their parents will cover the costs of raising that baby.

  • Pumelele Xalipi - 2012-03-06 14:58

    We still need to know why the birth rate is so high among teenagers;

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 15:04

      I'll tell you why; because parents do not sit down & talk with their sons & daughters & educate them about using condoms or any form of contraception. They somehow think that by doing so, they'll be encouraging them to have sex. Little do they know!

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 09:57

      Don't you get it? They sleep around and get paid for it. And our clever government pays them for being unemployed and to look after the child out of wedlock. This report also said, teens don't want to use contraceptives, they use abortions instead. It is a crime.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:39

      I agree with Ntyatyambo - It probably is a multitude of things. 1 - lack of sex education from parents. 2 - A culture of instant gratification among all races. 3 - Boys pressuring girls to have sex without protection as they don't have to worry about the consequences. 4 - Nice pocket change afterwards from the state. Secondly the study is too small to come to that outcome. Also I would like to know the percentage of pregnant school users on a yearly basis. As there were less teenagers then in the 90's than there are now.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:45

      Benita - your opinion of abortions is just that your opinion. I for one am glad that there is a choice. Contraceptives are not 100%. And if it means that a woman is able to choose not to have a third, fourth, fifth child and instead be able to raise her two children to become productive citizens instead of all five children relying on the state to educate them and stay a burden on the tax base - why is that such a evil thing.

  • Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 15:01

    I believe the survey. What teen wants to wake-up in the middle of the night 'cause of a crying baby, not have time to go out with her friends & deal with the stigma of being a teenage mom?! And be a single parent, 'cause they know that the guy will leave. Teens fall pregnant because their parents do not educate them about contraception!

      Gail - 2012-03-06 15:26

      Thats the problem, the teenager doesn't get up in the middle of the night to a crying baby, the gogo does!! As for the stigma of being a teenaged mom, that's a joke, there ae hundreds if not thousands of unwed teenaged moms out there. There doesn't appear to be a stigma attached to being an unwed or teenaged mom anymore.

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 15:35

      I repeat, if parents actually had frank discussions with their kids & warned them about the dangers of having unprotected sex, then the rate of teen pregnancy would go down. When I was in high school plenty of teens were falling pregnant & there was no child grant then. So, answer me this; if today's teens are falling pregnant to get R270 then why were teens in the 90s falling pregnant?

      leonao - 2012-03-06 16:02

      Yolande, I really don't think you can make the teenage pregnancy rate, the fault of non-education by parents!!!!! Schools and the media really do so much to inform teenagers and even kids as little as 9 and 10 about the "evil" of unprotected sex, that "not knowing" can be held up as an exuse!!!! I sooooo agree with BUZZ!!! Thats the way to go and you know what, it actaully works!!!! We live in a small village, and have a mining company that acctually pay the school fees of all high school girls as long as they don not fall pregnant!! And guess what..... not a single baby!!!!!!! And to answer your question about falling pregnant in the 90's???? How many pregnant girls went to school with you? And how many pregnant school girls do you know now??? You are not comparing apples with apples!!!

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 16:10

      That's the problem right there; leaving it up to the school & media to talk to your kids about the consequences of unsafe sex! You will have to deal with that baby, not the school.

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 10:01

      You are thinking from your own protected / educated and moral mind set. These young ones leave their children with granny or even on the street. Why do you think are babies found in trash bins every week? The majority of uneducated people in SA don't really care about their own lives, that's why they fall prey to prostitution. They don't even care for the lives of their children, and therefor abortion is a solution for them.

  • Justice - 2012-03-06 15:07

    Right the research was done in Doornkop, not every household so, why do you want us to believe that whatever happens in Doornkop is everywhere. yes this government grants encourage teens to fall pregnant, yes they might not admit it in saying, unless use a lie detector.

  • radek.tanski - 2012-03-06 15:11

    What was the rate of pregnancy before and after the CSG came into operation? What is the percentage of CSG payments going to children born after the CSG initiation?

  • Brett - 2012-03-06 15:18

    People should rather pay tax for having children. I am tired of my taxes easing other peoples burdens.

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 10:03

      People who are unemployed do not pay tax.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-06 15:29

    But this does not agree with what Jacob Zuma said last year about these grants after he said SA must not be a welfare state which it is becoming...so...if even JZ can acknowledge that these grants promote child pregnancy then......where does this rubbish come from????? I agree, child grants should be done away with...

  • Zintle Sinqe - 2012-03-06 15:30

    im jus wondering how they did the survey?... do they honestly think that people would tell the truth if their misusing the money? i mean really now...

  • Azwi - 2012-03-06 15:32

    There is ample evidence out there to suggest that the grant is being misused. Who was being interviewed in those households? If you think that you can extrapolate your findings to other similar urban areas, I bet where I reside findings will be different.

  • Bernusvdw - 2012-03-06 15:32

    What about giving a girl that made matric without falling pregnant a R25000 ore even bigger grant to start a career.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:48

      That incentive should rather be for every high school student and not to receive a cash amount but a discount against a credited tech or university.

  • Thelma - 2012-03-06 15:34

    Pay the CSG to the Gogo's as they are left to care for the grandchildren not the actual parents.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:48

      That is why food stamps would be a better choice.

  • Cina - 2012-03-06 15:34

    In my opinion it does encourage teen pregnancy's and that is also the reason why some women breed like rabbits.

      Azwi - 2012-03-06 15:38

      i have no doubt, i concur with you fully lol

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 16:16

      And they "breed" on their own?! Last time I checked it took two to make a baby. May be if the men put on CONDOMS then we wouldn't be having this discussion.

  • Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-06 15:42

    Everyone who gave me a thumbs down on my previous comment, answer me this; if today's teens are falling pregnant to get R270 then why were teens in the 90s falling pregnant?! There was no grant then. This boils down to SAFE SEX or should I say lack thereof?! And where do you fit the teen fathers in this theory of yours? I will agree that once the baby is born & the teen gets the R270 she misuses it, knowing that her parents will cover the costs of raising the baby.

      Cast53 - 2012-03-06 15:50

      The young people of today are more educated and millions have access to internet, the teen pregnancy rate should have dropped down to just about 0, but instead the government hold the carrot for teenagers in poor communities to fall pregnant

      Liz - 2012-03-06 16:18

      @Yolande. You are making some good points. I am just writing up an evaluation of a project to address gender based violence and a direct view point from one of the participants is exactly what you say "Parents should talk about pregnancy and teenagers should be encouraged to practice safe sex" It is recognised that both of these are big issues. However, in the research quoted above only 5% of recipients fell into the 16-20yrs age group. Many of the children receiving these grants are AIDS orphans and NOT the product of a teenage pregnancy. If we did not have the grants for these children to be kept with relatives we would have a very serious problem of street children. ... and yes there is evidence of fraud and misuse of some of the grants like there is in all social security systems throughout the world!

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:52

      It seems nasty to say - but I think that many girls might be pressured by the boys they are sleeping with to have unprotected sex. Also it is scary how many more younger girls are falling pregnant. I see some cases of primary school girls being allowed to dress like street walkers - perhaps some parents are just not raising their children at all but letting the media and school do it for them.

      Jane Mead - 2015-03-30 19:25

      What happened to child-support. Shouldn't these men be made to pay and if it's a teenage boy, then hold the parents liable. That should put paid to all this nonsense. the are many different ways to get it stopped, or drastically reduced, but we have no management for the country, so the song & dance is all about poverty and blame.

      Jane Mead - 2015-03-30 19:26

      there are many ...

  • Colin - 2012-03-06 15:52

    I recently spent time in the Transkei. There it is all about eGrant. There is no economic activity and the sooner you have a child, the sooner you get an income of your own. Millions of people inhabit this area and it has erupted into a majour breeding field. Billions are spent on free electricity/water/education and health while these people put nothing back into the economy. EISH The productive minority in this nation are going to have a lot of mouths to feed in the future.

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 16:48

      i agreed with you until your last stupid sentence. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Majority also pays taxes! I can't disagree with you about the transkei. I'm from there and i swear every second girl has a kid! It's ridiculous!

  • Busisiwe - 2012-03-06 15:56

    Let them announce that there will be no issuing of new grants nine months from now and lets see if there will be anymore teenagers falling pregnant that should prove or disprove the notion here...

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 16:46

      this researcher must have had their head buried under the sand! How does he think these kids buys weaves and airtime. Grant money? Not misused? Is he kidding me!

  • Bra - 2012-03-06 16:02

    THIS study is bias.majority of them are playing card and gambling mochina with money:

  • Jacques - 2012-03-06 16:06

    This is an amazing piece of research. Only 5% of young women receives the grant, but 55% of all children get it.........so 5% of women in SA gives birth to 55% of all children???? If true, it is schocking that 55% of kids in this counrty live in households that earn less than R1000 pm. What is their future?

      Liz - 2012-03-06 16:48

      No Jacques 5% of women do not give birth to 55% of all children who receive grants! Read it again! Remember we are also dealing with HIV and AIDS and have many AIDS orphans.

  • Colin - 2012-03-06 16:31

    i bet whoever conducted the survey did not even get out of their seat. this is typical of how major decisions for running our country are made, from the comfort of a plush arm chair.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:55

      I would like to know how much this tiny study cost. Makes me wonder if it was a half arsed attempt just to get big bucks.

  • Grant - 2012-03-06 16:38

    "Grant 'doesn't encourage teen pregnancy' " Damn right I don't!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 16:41

    where was this study conducted? Under a rock? Kids are having kids for the money! Go to the rural areas! Its standard practise!

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-06 16:42

    This is what happens when you are brainless !!!!!!!!!! Have lots of children , goga looks after them & the state will support them , jungle logic !!!!!!!!

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-06 16:48

    How many african children know their fathers?

      Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 16:55

      by african i'd assume you mean blacks and whites born in africa seeing as whites want to be considered african as well or does that only work when it suits you? I suppose all white kids know their dads! Such moral beings you lot are.

      Frikkie - 2012-03-07 07:24

      Well Pixie. Say what you like, but you know the truth.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 13:58

      Gerhard take the blinkers off - I know of several white middle class families who have doubt on their parentage. Race and Class have very little to do with promiscuity.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-06 16:53

    this study is absolute nonsense! The rate of teenage pregnancy was not this high before CG-whatever! Everywhere i go i'm confronted by a baby mama! It's become the latest trend to have a baby! How else would you get money for your weave or airtime for mxit! R270 is a lot when the parents and grannies are footing the bill for the child!

  • Ludwe - 2012-03-06 16:59

    middle people tend to ignorant @sometimes and think we better than under privelege here going about people deserving to be given food stamps n them being fraudulent towards da grants.forgeting the economical gap between people here in S.A is very huge,so plz dnt blame poor coz any animal specie would everything possible to survive hence those poor people r doing wat they doin,we should blame it on da goverment for not bridging da economical gap between its people.we talk alot crap @ da comfort of our computers whilst we our selves live indebt,jst try to live a life of person who lives in household dat hs R1000 p/m income n see how you will survive.Lets nt be quick 2 charge whilst we busy sicking on problems coz da fat cats r laughing back @ us(poor&middle class)fighting one another.da main problem is nt teen pregnancy its da economical gap between da people of S.A

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-06 17:54

      If you only have R1000 per month, you don't spew out kids. I'm sure these young woman know the difference between right and wrong - they must if old enough to pop kids out. They have unprotected sex, sometimes get AIDS and bring a child into the world they don't want. The fact that they have to do that to get a few bucks sickens me. In the end it's all about them and how selfish they are, the men and women. Sex, drugs, alcohol all fun until a child enters the picture and nothing changes. Kids don't become a priority more a money making scheme. Disgusting.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-06 17:57

      Oh and Fxxk the Economical Gap! Different people different needs.. I work hard for my money and if you want to earn more, you work harder!! Stop the excuses. You don't get nothing for free in life..

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 10:12

      Maybe we should stop acting like animals. Maybe we should stop having sex as if the species called "human" is going extinct. And just maybe we should not use and abuse each other liek animals for sex and other needs. Maybe we should thank our tax paying citizens for still paying their taxes, so that we will have hospitals, schools and a government. Maybe we should stop killing the farmers so we will still have a food producing country for years to come. Stop blaming people who work for their money and who are self sufficient for your own problems. The tax payers are doing enough to support government in everything they are supposed to do, but sadly don't do.

      Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-03-30 14:08

      Responsible parents have as many children as they can afford to raise without assistance from the state. Irresponsible parents expect the nation to pay for them to have a family. Is it ignorant to point the finger of people that ARE abusing the system for their own benefit - no. But as in every case there are are minority of abusers that make the majority suffer. Yes there are some people abusing the system and that is why steps need to be put in place so that NO one can abuse the system. The economical gap between people is not going to be bridged by multiple babies. It is going to be bridged by education and productivity - and there is no way a parent on a salary of R 1000 is going to afford a tertiary education for all five of their kids.

  • evelyn.pepler - 2012-03-06 17:33

    The researcher should come visit the Western Cape, the general consensus here is that the "colored communities" young girls are totally totally enticed by the Grant, start spurting out kids at the tender ages of 9, 10 13 etc, the fact that they now have offspring puts them in a better position for their own RDP house add an extra two or more kids (all from different dads) equals a nice little sum income for them which combined with a monthly support paid or garnished off the Dad or sperm donors salary (if he is employed) a relatively decent income as they stay with their parents and rent out their RDP house, enough to live off & enough to continue their lifestyle of drinking heavily every weekend but especially the day just after Grants have been collected, Weekends in our local Rheenendal community consist of brothers killing brothers, an aunt stabbing her sisters daughter, loads and loads of staff who are employed in this area fail to show up for work on a Monday because they are "sick" Local clinic staff aside from having to stitch up all the incidents following a regular weekends drinking orgy, have to attend to "sick" people - complaint a headache, then are issued with a sick note for their employers.. Nice! we have to pay for them to get better after a drinking binge and then we have to pay them for the unproductive work day "sick leave". if anything the Grant is an incentive for families to get their daughters breeding, add this to pensions payouts Styling!

  • evelyn.pepler - 2012-03-06 17:41

    Have often stood at our local supermarkets watching the young girls with a infant baby on the hip and a toddler attached to the leg (albeit drinking a babes bottle with coca cola in it), Shopping for food, whats on the counter? coke, bread, cheap nappies and baby formula, (they don't even breast feed) and then it all gets rung up, the usual not enough money, Ag ok put the formula back and rather take " een pakkie stuyvesant (a packert of cigarettes) of n paar entjies" " assemblief"

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-03-06 20:53

    The problem is we cannot sustain these grants. At some point these people need to all get in the system and start doing their part to develop the economy. The best thing government can do is to provide free daycare so that mothers can go out and get work. And the grants should be performance linked, you should be seen to be actively doing something to better your circumstances, like getting an education or gaining employable skills. If it was up to me I'd introduce a grant or tax rebate for NOT having kids. Are we doing things the wrong way round? For many of these single mothers its all rosey while the kids are small and not costing much.. But now they have stopped handing out free formula so its not going to be that easy to survive on grant money.

  • nkhatho.seeta - 2012-03-06 21:11

    im not agree wth this statistics... they should take it futher not concluding about one Area .... R270 does influec for children to hav babies ... jst my opinion

  • nkhatho.seeta - 2012-03-06 21:14

    I think UJ should check othr areas (eps Location,township) they must not conclude aftr one Area ... coz i believ that R270 has made lot of children to hav babies... jst sayin

      benita.debeer.58 - 2012-10-17 10:17

      You should start to speak up. Because you know the truth, don't you?

  • Mabs - 2012-03-06 23:47

    Pay a grant to children from impoverished households to stay in school and get matric instead.

  • Silvana - 2012-03-07 05:43

    Hahahahahahaha. OMG I nearly choked on my coffee. Who paid this woman to manipulate the results. Does one honestly believe that these respondents are going to be open and honest? Speak to any mature Black woman and she'll tell you what teenage mothers do with their grant. Having their hair braided takes priority over the baby's welfare.

  • Silvana - 2012-03-07 05:50

    In my opinion the CSG should be looked at. You qualify for a grant up to 2 children. Thereafter, you're on your own. It's ridiculous that people living below the breadline have got 5, 6 children and rely on a CSG. That's tantamount to child abuse. What chance do those kids have in life. It's merely exacerbating the poverty/crime in this country.

  • Frikkie - 2012-03-07 07:20

    The govt should give R600 flat rate to unemployed mothers. If they have 1 child or 10 children... the rate stays the same. R600 and no more. That way mothers who have 1 child have some extra money to raise it properly, but if they have more than 2 then they are actually "loosing money" when it comes to the grant. I dinno, seems like it could be a pshychological tool to curb population growth.

  • dave.pons - 2012-03-07 08:28

    A couple of years ago we had a child of 15 years old expecting her 5th child! Is this not a 'business' condoned by the parents of the girl who still receive a grant for this girl. This report is BS!

  • Utopian - 2012-03-09 18:44

    Liars. Of course it does. But government officials and their cronies are too SPOILT to realise that, to the other half of the population, this amount is a really big deal, the only hope they have for regular money. You have no idea of the condition the majority are in, and your gravy-train sponsored researchers are too comfortable and afraid to tell you the truth.

  • Jane Mead - 2015-03-30 19:21

    I've heard the same. Babies are left with g'ma and the girls are out to party with the money. How can they use poverty, this exacerbates the problem. How about some God-given common-sense or isn't it that common anymore. I'm in favour of food stamps.

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