Number of Eastern Cape orphans doubles

2011-09-29 10:00

East London - The number of children growing up with no parents in the Eastern Cape has doubled in the last five years, from 352 000 to 701 000, according to report on Thursday.

This is according to a paper recently released by the national department of social development, which has revealed how poverty and unemployment in the mostly rural Eastern Cape has debilitated the family structure , the Daily Dispatch reported.

The huge growth in the number of orphans has added strain to already cash-strapped orphanages and places of safety.

The report said South African families should be supported to try to bring the numbers down.

Government’s response to the growing numbers is a "National Family Policy" - a green paper still awaiting input from various Cabinet ministers before it can be opened for public comment.

In its proposal, the government said the South African family was under threat from poverty, unemployment, unwanted pregnancies, HIV and Aids, absent parents and domestic violence.

  • Aish - 2011-09-29 10:03

    GO JUJU... tell everyone to have more babies!!! IDIOT

      Zoolie - 2011-09-29 11:02

      I`m still blasted by that number that has doubled since 2003. Is that figure per year ? cause that means there is more than a million orphans just for those 2 years, what about the other 7 years. They will also make babies and leave them to welfare.

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:32

      Problem is these people are too stupid to count how many children they have..All they see is rand signs in front of their root of all evil. If our govt were not money hungry SA would be a better place

      cerveza - 2011-09-29 11:52

      @Zoolie - it is the amount of orphans at the time, so about 70 000 per year more. If you are an orphan today, you are still one next year and so on till you become an adult, and therefor make part of each year's figures

      Met - 2011-09-29 11:59

      Whenever I write something about the social challenges being faced by SA, News 24 removes them- too sensitive, I presume. Lets try again. 1) 65% of children in SA go to bed without adequate nourishment(hungry) ;2) 9 million grwing up without a father in the home 3)More than 2 million aids orphans- soon to double 4) 17000 school pregnancies in KZN in 2010 alone; 5)More than half of SAs substantial prison population under 25 yrs; 6) More than 1000000 households under "control" of a teenage sibling Do you think that SA can meet these, and other challenges with the ANC regime?- their stealing, plunder and mismanagement? You decide

  • ANC Comrade - 2011-09-29 10:09

    Be wise and condomise! FFS

      Kiepies - 2011-09-29 10:18

      With level of education being downgraded daily how will they ever understand/comprehend/realise there is more to life than procreation and hormones - they also maintain 'condoms don't taste nice' - HUH!!!!

      Blinkpens - 2011-09-29 10:19

      At last!!! One ANC member with brains!!!

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:24

      Bet half of them have Aids..mother never took a shower

      Thelma - 2011-09-29 11:41

      @ Ingie - It is not their fault their mother was irresponsible, they are innocent victims!

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-29 10:12

    let me guess, orphans get grants. amazingly the increase in the number of orphans is equal to the increase in fancy expensive cars in the EC. sad, very sad...but true.

  • BigMoose - 2011-09-29 10:14

    The Eastern Cape, that bright beacon, that shining example of a "better life for all." Seventeen years of majority rule and the province is in a bigger mess than ever.

  • ian b - 2011-09-29 10:15

    Thank Manto and Mbeki and their ANC supporters who did not believe in aids

      Kiepies - 2011-09-29 10:25

      Carrots, onions, beetroot and cabbage anyone!!

  • semaj - 2011-09-29 10:18

    What, exactly, are the taxpayers supposed to do about this situation that has been brought about by earlier government denial policies and the actual situation?

      Antionette - 2011-09-29 10:52

      WHAT???? You must be seriously dof

      Ross - 2011-09-29 10:54

      Our home grown Haiti.

  • Felix - 2011-09-29 10:19

    Thanks ancrap.

  • JMsays - 2011-09-29 10:21

    This is horrible, stop having kids if you can't afford them, come on, this is not rocket-science! FFS!

      AJ2 - 2011-09-29 11:30

      Apparently it is rocket-science....

  • Kiepies - 2011-09-29 10:22

    Yeah, make love and let the end-result suffer...

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:37

      Make love AND DIE

  • semaj - 2011-09-29 10:39

    @ EmptyCan Thanks, I am not a stupid fck, I asked a legitimate question on the basis that after 1994, and the years of denial that followed, what are we, the taxpayers supposed to do to rectify the situation? These kids are not orphans by choice, however, on the basis of taxpaying individuals, who number around 5 000 000 are we supposed to fork out for their support especially since the sins of the parents brought it upon the kids?

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-29 11:04

      @semaj...any ideas how we can fix this? Please comment directly to government for the next 60 hours thru the National Planning Commitee 2030 vision, online Jam. How do we move forward? If you have any constructive ideas PLEASE register. Place you veiws directly on the JAM and receive realtime feedback from government!

      EmptyCan - 2011-09-29 11:32

      I am not too proud to aplogise,maybe ijust read wrong. APOLOGIES!!

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-29 10:40

    who is receiving the grants for those "new" 300.000 orphans? are there "checks and balances" in place other then the anc lists made up by the strugglers? I am sad that I have to reason like this and ask myself those questions, but that is what we get used to in the last 17 years of mismanagement. Sad, but true.

      semaj - 2011-09-29 11:19

      Just think about it, a total of 700 000 orphans who need support. On an annual basis, simply upon basics, some R210 million is needed in order for them to be able to eat and grow. I will not go into the ramification of later years when education is needed. Right now what is needed is vasectomies in order to stop the exponential costs that might be incurred in feeding even more kids. That seems a cheap way of curbing the growth of orphan population versus a lifetime of anti-retrovirals. However, we face serious cultural problems along the way.

  • RGL - 2011-09-29 10:41

    Or stop breeding !!!!

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-29 11:42

      Pay people to have vasectomies. ......this will free up money for child grants......the Chinese will show us how anyway....

  • semaj - 2011-09-29 10:53

    @EmptyCan Further to my previous comment, am I now supposed to look after the needs of 7.1429 kids by way of my taxation? I think bot, since I did not make them.

  • Thelma - 2011-09-29 11:05

    When will the ANC wake-up????????????

  • Stevie - 2011-09-29 11:09

    So the Eastern Cape will likely be a gang-land warzone in about 10 to 15 years...

  • IC1 - 2011-09-29 11:09

    WTF this is rediculous! That nurse who injected the kids with a "contraceptive" had the right idea. Now all we need to do is sterilise the men and women in the EC

  • Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:20


  • Ingie - 2011-09-29 11:21

    The report said South African families should be supported to try to bring the numbers down. does one do this..hold their hands and listen dearie no poking tonight and no more babies..come on get real!!

  • gillespie.jl - 2011-09-29 12:02

    Here's an idea, add birth control to the water supply. Think it'll cost Government less to do that, than to support the thousands of mouths to feed.

  • zackie - 2011-09-29 12:08

    Anc Govt response is typical delayed and futile set up a committee, issue a policy, nothing changes etc..

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