Researchers describe the cumulative effects of chronic malnutrition as a form of ‘slow violence’.
Poor nutrition stunts children’s growth and hollows out their life chances.
Many poor families in South Africa’s informal settlements survive on welfare grants.
Some caregivers reported seeing improvements in their children’s schoolwork and behaviour at school.
A women receives bread at the ‘Hunger Has No Religion’ feeding scheme run by Muslims in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Despite the success of relief efforts by the government and civil society, it’s clear that hunger and food insecurity remain at disturbingly high levels in households.
Social grant recipients rally outside parliament in Cape Town calling for increases to grant rates in 2017.
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To begin to deal with South Africa’s persistent poverty, high unemployment, and the economic aftermath of the pandemic, grant increases must remain in place after the six month period.
What social protection measures are in place for those who’ll be worst affected by the economic impacts of the lockdown?
Several groups of people are at high risk of hardship, especially those who have effectively become unemployed because of the lockdown.
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.
The South African child support grant is progressive in its gender-neutrality, yet men make up only 2% of those who collect it.
South Africa’s child support grant helps fight poverty among children up to the age of 18.
The child support grant, as a policy instrument, cannot work alone in ensuring that young people thrive and succeed.
South Africa’s child support grant reaches over 10 million children.
Children whose families benefit from social grants and family support interventions enjoy better health, nutrition and schooling.
Many young South African mothers who deserve to get the child support grant are excluded.
Pensioner Katherine Boyi, left, with donated blankets and Agnes Makhubela, with donated maize meal, in Doornkop, Soweto.
Stories from the ground highlighted the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable and who are left behind.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don’t live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
The social grants disbursed to millions of South Africans helps entire households.
Should South Africa’s social grants not be disbursed, many households will lose the only source of income they have.
Across the world many countries issue pregnancy grants to support mothers-to-be. South Africa has a progressive social security grant system, but it does not support this vulnerable group.
An unacceptably high proportion of children in South Africa live in poor conditions.
Inequalities in the nutritional status of poor and rich have been mitigated through various social protection policies, but children in South Africa remain at risk of malnutrition.
Mothers and their babies at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa leads the Global South with its expansive social protection programme.
The gendered nature of social welfare is invisible and taken for granted – particularly in development contexts.It’s time to debate a more gender-sensitive and equitable welfare agenda in the South.