Hunger most prevalent among Northern Cape, Eastern Cape youth

2016-04-18 14:44


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Cape Town – Young people in the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape are more likely to go hungry than their counterparts in other provinces.

Releasing a report on the challenges facing the youth on Monday, Statistician General Dr Pali Lehohla said the two provinces had the highest increases in youth experiencing hunger.

In 2010 in the Northern Cape, there were 19.4% households with youth that went hungry, compared to 29% in 2014.

In the Eastern Cape, the number of hunger experiences for youth went up from 18.6% to 24.5%.

While nuclear households were still prevalent amongst white and Indian and Asian households, extended families were on the rise.

This was especially notable in white households, where extended families have increased from 17.1% in 2009 to 24.8% in 2014.

Lehohla said the number of youth headed households has marginally declined from 27.5% in 2009, to 26.1% in 2014.

Youth born in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Province are more likely to remain in their province of birth, than their counterparts.

The Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Northern Cape lost more youth than they gained through migration, the report said.

Only 67.6% of youth born in the Eastern Cape, stayed there, while 91.3% of youth born in the Western Cape stayed.

Lehohla said youth in the country were growing as a slower rate, as compared to the growth in SA population.

This was attributed to the decrease in fertility.

“Women are giving birth to fewer and fewer children.”

Black youths had increased by 7.3% between 2009 and 2014, while white youths had decreased by 4.2%.

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