- It has been revealed that a fifth of the children in SA don't live with parents
- 40% are growing up without fathers
- More than 60% don't get the food they need to avoid malnutrition
It’s a sad reality that over 5.5 million children in South Africa go to bed hungry.
This devastating information was released at the Annual South African Child Gauge on Tuesday.
The latest reports reveal that a fifth of the children in the country don’t live with their parents and 40% of them are growing up without their fathers.
Violence, hunger and poor quality education continues to punish the children of South Africa.
Hunger remains the main concern as a hungry child cannot be taught as malnutrition often leads to attention deficits.
Briefly.co.za learned that in 2015, it was reported that 64% of children were not receiving the needed amount of food per day. In 2016 it dropped down with a measly 1% to 63%.
Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency, says that if a child were to face any of these challenges, their development and opportunities later in life will be affected.
He says that with 77.7% of children now living in formal housing environments, it seems that some progress has been made.
Eywitness News reports that Radebe reckons it is internationally known that investing in the development of children’s childhoods is cost effective and will show positive results in the long run.
He added that the well-being of children is one the main priorities for the national development plan of 2030.
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