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South African Child Gauge

An annual monitor of the situation of South Africa’s children, and the realisation of their rights

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

CI directors past and present: Prof Marian Jacobs, Prof Shirley Pendlebury, Associate Prof Shanaaz Mathews (started Oct. 2012), and Dr Maylene Shung-King

View short video clips: Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"The Child Gauge takes the powerful knowledge of the University and puts it in a form which is readable." Prof Crain Soudien, UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

The editorial team, and representatives from the Presidency (left) and UNICEF South Africa (right)

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

UNICEF South Africa deputy representative, George Laryea-Adjei

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"The seventh edition of the Child Gauge places an appropriate focus on poverty and inequality as it affects the children of our country." Minister Trevor Manuel

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"Paying attention to children’s equality rights helps ... for them to develop into full and productive members of society who can participate as equals." Prof Sandra Liebenberg, Stellenbosch University

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"It provides a useful tool in understanding the complexities of the issues facing children and the challenges that we face as a nation in formulating our response." Minister Trevor Manuel

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"Relative to adults, many more children are concentrated at the bottom end of the income distribution." Kath Hall, Children's Institute

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

Human Rights Commissioner, Lindiwe Mokate, delivered a message of support at the launch.

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South African Child Gauge 2012
Hall K, Woolard I, Lake L & Smith C (eds) 2012
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

South African Child Gauge 2012

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 2012 issue focuses on the theme 'Children and inequality: closing the gap'.

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

Full report (4.4 MB)
Poster (894 KB)
Policy brief (578 KB)
Child-friendly summary (548 KB)

Cover
Back cover
Acknowledgements and contact details
Broad overview
Contents
List of figures, tables and cases
List of abbreviations

Foreword
Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Reflections on child poverty and inequality
The Honourable Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency, National Planning Commission

 

PART ONE: CHILDREN AND LAW REFORM

Legislative developments in 2011/2012
Lucy Jamieson, Paula Proudlock and Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa

 

PART TWO: CHILDREN AND INEQUALITY: CLOSING THE GAP

Overview of part two

Equality rights and children: Moving beyond a one-size-fits-all approach
Sandra Liebenberg

Children and inequality: An introduction and overview
Katharine Hall and Ingrid Woolard

Spatial inequality: Persistent patterns of child deprivation
Gemma Wright and Michael Noble

Inequalities in children’s household contexts: Place, parental presence and migration
Katharine Hall and Dorrit Posel

Income inequality and social grants: Ensuring social assistance for children most in need
Debbie Budlender and Ingrid Woolard

Early childhood development services: Increasing access to benefit the most vulnerable children
Linda Biersteker

Addressing inequities in child health: Opportunities and challenges
David Sanders, Louis Reynolds and Lori Lake

Children and HIV: Monitoring equitable access to services
Sanjana Bhardwaj, Sonja Giese, Nonhlanhla Dlamini and Latasha Slavin

Education, the great equaliser: Improving access to quality education
Nicola Branson and Tia Linda Zuze

Children and inequality: Closing the gap
George Laryea-Adjei and Mastoera Sadan

 

PART THREE: CHILDREN COUNT – THE NUMBERS

Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile
Updated by Katharine Hall and Lori Lake

Demography of South Africa’s children
Updated by Helen Meintjes and Katharine Hall

Income poverty, unemployment and social grants
Updated by Katharine Hall

Child health
Updated by Katharine Hall, Lori Lake and Lizette Berry

Children’s access to education
Updated by Katharine Hall

Children’s access to housing
Updated by Katharine Hall

Children’s access to basic services
Updated by Katharine Hall

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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South African Child Gauge 2013

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