Children most affected by inequality

2012-10-17 22:28

Cape Town - Rising inequality would hit South African children hard if policy-makers did nothing to close the income gap, a new study has found.

While child poverty was decreasing, income inequality was rising, Cape Town University's Children's Institute (CI) said on Wednesday.

This would have devastating effects on children's survival, development, and life trajectories, the CI said in its annual publication, the South African Child Gauge 2012.

"It also means that high rates of inequality are likely to persist into the next generation," said senior CI researcher Katharine Hall.

Hall said the country's law and policy-makers needed to look beyond merely tackling poverty if they were to create opportunities for children in the future.

"As children don't start off on an equal footing, policy-makers need to move beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to tailor policies and programmes that help close the inequality gap," she said.

Specific groups

The latest report showed specific groups of children were exposed to this inequality.

"These included very young children, children with disabilities, poor children, and those living in rural areas, especially in the former homelands."

Democratic Alliance MP Mike Waters said the report painted a grim picture of the state of children in the country, adding he would call for a debate on the issue when the National Assembly sat next Tuesday.

Waters said some of the findings showed that only one third of children were living with both their parents.

"This confirms the inappropriateness of the Families Green Paper punted by the department of social development, which is centred on strengthening and promoting the nuclear family," he said.

Some of the department's policies were not aligned to the needs of children.

He cited the fact that there were 885 000 orphans in the country, while adoption rates remained low.

"A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that the Register on Adoptable Children and Prospective Adoptive Parents (RACAP) currently only has 378 registered children available for adoption and 287 prospective adoptive parents."

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-17 22:54

    SICK Ah well cannot be helped now can it. Lets go upgrade another house. No wait, lets go overseas rather. Then we do not have to see this. First lets buy a plane. Or another R250 000 watch....

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-17 23:33

      You close that income gap with education and jobs, the government has failed our people with these things, we also cannot take from the rich people cause there can be a bra there who lived among us but educated and worked for that fancy house and job

      john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 05:25

      The country is burning, lets direct these barbarics to Nkandla and all the other ANC vulters' homes.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-18 07:13

      @ Sani you cannot close that income gap without TEXTBOOKS OH yes and education.

  • frankflower - 2012-10-17 23:34

    They need a study to realise this? My common sense tells me this.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-17 23:37

    Why not put a stop to over breeding by imposing laws of one child families, we haven't got space or place for all these children, who is going to look after them as things and resources get tighter? The world can't afford more mouths to feed, there are already one billion people needing food aid as I'm writing this

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-10-18 00:52

      sad but true..

      john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-18 05:16

      I fully agree Hannah.Since the ANC are so fond of China let them apply the Chinese birth/population control laws in S.A.

      kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-10-18 06:50

      agree - what is this thing about having so many children when the parents or parent cant even look after themselves - can anyone explain this logic to me..?

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 08:39

      but then there will be no grants. I'm not sure Govt will hear your argument out, however good it may be.

  • robert.warriner - 2012-10-18 05:23

    Fix the education system and this will probably fix itself.

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-10-18 08:23

      Yes - sex education. No food no babies. This burden of irresponsibility is an injury to all. WAKE UP.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-18 05:38

    Only two ways to narrow the income gap: raise incomes of the poor or lower incomes of the rich. The former is far tougher than the latter.

      penny.stone.589 - 2012-10-18 06:39

      Ouch, you really are living up to your name noodlum. How do you 'raise' the income level for the poor? You create jobs. By striking and toyi-toyi-ing all over the country we're driving away investors who could or would create jobs for the 'poor'. By lowering the incomes of the so-called rich you're depleting a source of investment which creates jobs too. When the 'poor' voter wakes up to the fact that the nearly R250 million upgrade on our dearly beloved leaders home could be better spent on job creation and put their x's in anything but the ANC's box at the next election, only then can SA start closing this widening income chasm.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 08:42

      and also keep in mind that "lowering incomes of the rich" will mean less income tax for the state coffers. The questions really is, will the cadres be happy driving a Ford?

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-18 09:55

      only the rich will complain...............................wait 4 it!

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-10-18 06:48

    Raise the bar - we in SA are doing what most on the continent do and thats lower the bar - current SA thinking that one will gain economic freedom without education, this thinking will only result in another lost generation - when will the governmnet wake up to this....?

      luvo.luvos - 2012-10-18 07:38

      Bozo, you've completely missed the point. Maybe reading the article with understanding might help. What they are saying is that the salary gap between the haves and have nots is widening in an alarming way and that extends to kids at playground level. The kids with poor parents will feel how far below they are in comparison to the rich kids and that's where things like low self esteem and inferiority complex emanate from and will keep on until adulthood.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 08:37

    How are the children living at Nkandla affected? Have they gained from those news roads? These children were born after 1994, yet they are still regarded as previously disadvantaged. So sad the thieving bastards at the top don't care for their next generation.

  • david.scheepmaker - 2012-10-18 10:22

    Just dont let ppl have more then 1 kid if they cant afford it - problem solved. O wait we are dealing with a retarded govt who racks up 5bill in travel expenses a year while kids starve..

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-10-18 14:32

    Just remember Government... the day that you are going to be of the old age, these kids will run your country... and trust me when I say... you will pay a very Expensive price....

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