Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
South Africa's public works programme is a laudable idea. But it must be closely monitored to make sure it doesn't lead to unintended consequences, especially for women.
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.
Child support grants are an income resource that enables caregivers to make healthier food choices and provide the means to send their children to school earlier.
South Africa's social grants, which benefit a third of the country's population, are widely celebrated. But these grants fall far short of addressing the country's malnutrition challenge.
Impact investments are designed to achieve a measurable social or environmental – as well as financial – return.
The social grant saga shows how South African courts are doomed to fail to protect the public from its government.
Entities at the centre of the storm engulfing South Africa's social grants distribution system have claimed to be champions of financial inclusion. The claim in itself is scandalous.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has repeatedly stepped in to protect vulnerable people and to perform what former deputy chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke calls its "transformative role".
Should South Africa's social grants not be disbursed, many households will lose the only source of income they have.
South Africa's social grant scandal seems to back up highly regarded views on public governance that Public Private Partnerships aren’t naturally efficient.
In his 2017/18 budget speech, South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan opted to focus on taxing high income earners to find desperately needed money.
The South African Social Security Agency has created a crisis that threatens to deliver social grant recipients on a silver platter into the hands of unscrupulous financial services companies.
Social welfare budgets have simply not been adequate to plug decades’ worth of under-resourcing, especially in black communities. It's a good place for government to start giving life to its slogans
The unfolding social grant payment crisis in South Africa threatens the livelihoods of a third of the country's population.
A change of attitude which comes with some deep introspection by South African business leaders can help address some of the country's key socioeconomic challenges.
The lack of service integration and the paucity of welfare services make poor people's task of caring for their familes much harder. A small monthly cash transfer can’t solve all their challenges.
What seems to be a simple question of banks’ responsibilities is actually a major issue playing out where social security, banking, property, criminal and constitutional law intersect.
Progress in South Africa's welfare system is being hindered by corruption, labour disputes and a lack of research and innovation in the field.
South Africa's government should urgently announce a moratorium on civil service employment growth. The country has reached its upper limit in the number of civil servants that can be sustained.