Most E Cape kids live below income threshold

2011-12-15 11:37

Johannesburg - More than 70% of Eastern Cape children grow up in homes that fall below the low-income threshold, it was reported on Thursday.

A Statistics SA study found that 73.4% of the province's 2.6 million children lived in homes where each person survives on less than R570 per month, the Herald Online reported.

The percentage is substantially lower than the 36% of children in the Western Cape and the 42.6% in Gauteng.

The study, titled “Social profile of vulnerable groups in SA 2002-2010”, also found that the Eastern Cape had the highest percentage of homes headed by children who were not orphans.

It found that a large percentage of children did not live with their biological parents.

"Other risks such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children may also be augmented by the physical distance between biological parents and their children," the study said.

It also found that black African children were more likely to live in households that have experienced hunger, and less likely to live in homes with flush toilets, refuse removal and electricity.

  • Bardy - 2011-12-15 11:48

    Stop making kids! If you can’t care for them properly, don’t bring them into the world! Finish and klaar! These parent should be charged with child abuse!

      Flowingriver - 2011-12-15 12:56

      The wealth of this country is in the wrong hands.....All those stuffing themselves this festive season shud spare a thought for those mentioned above.....and consider how fortunate life has been to you (all be it beneficiaries from apartheid)and donate some food to the needy!

      jannie.debeer - 2011-12-15 13:03

      @flowingriver. I have read a few articles over the past few weeks. Why are you trying to be so upriver all the time. Sell your computer and feed the children. Society will be better served by this, than the drivel you keep writing.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 13:57

      Do something positive this season. Go to and help feed vulnerable children.

  • jodi.kruger - 2011-12-15 11:53

    Stop having babies you cannot afford. How simple can it be. In fact, they should have regulations wrt breeding.

  • Blade - 2011-12-15 11:57

    If you cant feed them dont breed them.

  • Gary - 2011-12-15 11:58

    so this article have anything to do with the E cape poppie nailed from mule-ing in bangkok????

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-12-15 12:11

    This does not justify that the kid must become a drug mule when she grows up.

  • RSole - 2011-12-15 12:23

    Well it's a choice government had to make, either spend millions on hotels and flights or feed the hungry. No guessing what they chose to do. Shame on them!

  • fezisa.mdibi - 2011-12-15 12:42

    sexual education and birth control. Most people in the EC dont know about these things.....

  • raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-15 12:44

    S.A bleeds with poverty stricken families, the fat cats could'nt care less ,only until election time........

  • Faizie - 2011-12-15 12:58

    Nothing new. My daughter aged 4 gets nothing from her father and he is a son of King Goodwill Zwelithini. Simakade Jackson Zulu : 0826612000

      emile.eley - 2011-12-15 13:33

      And I bet you jumped in the sack precisely because he was Goodwill's son.Choose carefully who you sleep with otherwise the innocent child suffers.

  • Sam - 2011-12-15 13:41

    People who comment here are retards period. Everywhere in the world people come across challenges and they find ways of addressing them. They think work together to find solution. Obama was recently strategizing ways of creating job, David Cameron was fighting with the whole of Europe to protect his countries interest. No one here ever comes with something constructive or creative. Just dumb s solutions, it is like u don't know SA bg.... le bodomo bo tenang yeses!!!!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 13:59

      Sam, I challenge you to do something. Go to and put your money where your mouth is.

      Sam - 2011-12-15 14:05

      Dude your a retard, do you think donation will improve the economic situation.... nc nc nc

      Squeegee - 2011-12-15 14:26

      No, but it will change the life of one child. Could have been you....

      ludlowdj - 2011-12-15 15:04

      if voting changed anything the ANC would make it illegal.

      Kala - 2011-12-15 16:27

      Sam after Squeegee laid on the challege to you, your responce makes you no different from the "people who comment here", except you are also a hypocrite. Go on make the donation. I dare you.

  • Jeffrey - 2011-12-15 13:47

    Gee, why I am I not surprised at these statistics?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-15 15:01

    Effectively after 18 years of ANC "freedom" black South Africans are just as badly off if not in a worse position to what they lived under during apartheid. This is of course the same 73% who will vote the ANC back into power come next elections. FLOWINGRIVER is of course spot on here as well, its time to take the wealth out of the hands of the self serving ANC government and give it to the people the ANC claimed to have spent so many years fighting for........

      TheWatcher - 2011-12-15 16:23

      my fav quote was from a black woman who's friends with my wife: 'The ANC are useless, we were better off under Botha' The other one was from a Nigerian woman I work with: 'You know the black people in South Africa should be paying the whites back for all the infrastructure they set up while they were running the country' I do not say either of these views are right or wrong I just find them hilarious, interesting and extremely un-pc.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-15 16:17

    This is a sad story but you get what you voted for. Someone should open up a political party that just promises good schools, jobs(for those who work hard), clean water and fair policing. The rest tends to sort itself out.

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