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The shocking story at the centre of When the Village Sleeps is as heartbreaking as it is - ultimately - full of hope.
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Hunger is not the cause of the current social upheaval. But, taken along with other deep-rooted structural inequalities, it provides additional fuel for socio-political conflagration.
Grants were found to help improve the health, including mental health, of women.
Findings show that income transfer programmes must operate in deliberate coordination with ancillary social service institutions to deliver the maximum benefits for women’s empowerment.
Millions of poor South Africans rely on social grants, including the child support grant, just to survive.
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To support precarious households that can’t access existing relief during lockdown and its aftermath, the government should implement a temporary increase in the value of the child support grant.
Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.
Enrolling children in in pre-school is essential for their development.
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.