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Poverty shock for SA children

Wednesday 11 November 2015 07:24

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 About 58 % of youths live in households with income below R 620 per person per month.

About 58% of youths live in households with an income below R620 per person per month.(REUTERS)

The South African Child Gauge has released a study which shows that more than half of all young people in the country live in poverty and are faced with low education and unemployment.

The Gauge, which is the annual publication of the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town, focussed on the youth between the ages of 15 and 24.

Senior researcher in the UCT's Poverty and Inequality Initiative, Dr Ariane De Lannoy says, "We find that a large portion of young people continue to live in poverty, about 58% of youths live in households with income below R620 per person per month and in general young  people’s situation isn't that great, their education outcome are quiet low."

The priority is to find ways of including young people in the economic life of the country

Acting Director General in the Presidency Department responsible for Youth Development and Administration, Tshediso Matona, says government is committed to youth development.

"The priority is to find ways of including young people in the economic life of the country. A lot of problems of young people derived from lack of access to economic opportunities, the youth policy by government emphasis the issue of finding employment and encouraging young people to be entrepreneurs."

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