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South African Child Gauge 2006
Monson J, Hall K, Smith C & Shung-King M (eds) 2006
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

 

The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children.

It is published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, to track South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights.

The 2006 issue focused on children and poverty.

Click on the links below to download a PDF version or order a hard copy.

Full report (4.09MB)
Poster-map (210.23Kb)

Cover
Acknowledgements and contact details
Broad overview

Contents

List of figures, tables and case studies

Foreword
Prof. Njabulo S. Ndebele, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Cape Town

Reflections on children and poverty
The Most Revd. Njongonkulu W. H. Ndungane - Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Province of Southern Africa

 

PART ONE: CHILDREN AND LAW REFORM

Recent developments in legislating for children’s socio-economic rights
Paula Proudlock and Prinslean Mahery 

 

PART TWO: CHILDREN AND POVERTY

Child poverty – its meaning and extent
Annie Leatt

Income poverty in South Africa
Annie Leatt

Introduction to the Means to Live
Katharine Hall and Annie Leatt

Does the means justify the end?  Targeting the Child Support Grant
Katharine Hall and Jo Monson

Free to learn: The School Fee Exemption policy and the National School Nutrition Programme
Katharine Hall and Jo Monson

Healing inequalities: The free health care policy
Annie Leatt, Maylene Shung-King and Jo Monson

Accommodating the poor: The Free Basic Water policy and the Housing Subsidy Scheme
Katharine Hall, Annie Leatt and Jo Monson

 

PART THREE: CHILDREN COUNT – THE NUMBERS

Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile
Annie Leatt and Lizette Berry

Demography of South Africa's children
Helen Meintjes, Annie Leatt and Lizette Berry

Children's access to social assistance
Annie Leatt, Helen Meintjes and Lizette Berry

Children's access to education
Lizette Berry and Norma Rudolph

Child health: The general context
Kashifa Abrahams, Lizette Berry and Michael Hendricks

Child health: HIV/AIDS
Maylene Shung-King, Kashifa Abrahams and Lizette Berry

Children’s access to water, sanitation and electricity
Annie Leatt and Lizette Berry

Children’s access to housing
Katharine Hall and Lizette Berry

 

Technical notes on the data sources
About the contributors

 

Readers' feedback

To the best of my knowledge, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication in South Africa that combines detailed empirical data presented in a user-friendly and accessible format, with insightful and thought-provoking research and commentary in the sphere of children’s rights.

Single best source that I am aware of on the subject area.

It's an excellent, current overview of the primary concerns for children in South Africa.

It makes me realise that as government we still have a lot to do.

I think they are excellent. They give a very short coverage, and I like the fact that they explain the data tables and come up with some sort of conclusion.

It is able to give us alternative picture of issues facing children in South Africa, government statistics are sometimes not an honest picture of enormity of the problems facing this country.

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