The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2015 Child Gauge report shows that more than half of all young people in the country live in poverty.
Despite the reported 580 000 additional child support grants reaching the poor, much is still required to improve in the status of youth and children (between the ages of 15 and 24).
Lead editor of the report, Arianne De Lannoy, explained how social indicators such as low education and unemployment, as well as government policy often perpetuate the cycle of child poverty.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
The majority of children born into a disadvantaged situation do not have access to high quality education. That position puts them on the back foot and has a knock on effect through the rest of life.— Arianne De Lannoy, lead editor of 2015 Child Gauge report
This article first appeared on 702 : Urgent intervention needed for SA's impoverished children - report