KwaZulu-Natal has most orphans - survey

2012-08-27 14:02
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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal has the highest number of children without both parents, the Witness reported on Monday.

According to the 2009/2010 annual survey for ordinary schools (ASS) KwaZulu-Natal had 187 225 double orphans (children without both parents) followed by the Eastern Cape with 92 973.

Statistics showed there were 481 739 double orphans in South Africa, over a million pupils without fathers and 591 865 without mothers.

Provincial spokesperson for the SA Social Security Agency, Vusimuzi Mahaye, confirmed that KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of orphans.

Mahaye said foster care grants were one form of assistance offered to orphans.

KwaZulu-Natal education department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said there were programmes to assist orphans and vulnerable children, such as nutrition programmes and no-fee schools.

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