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South African Child Gauge 2013
Berry L, Biersteker L, Dawes H, Lake L & Smith C (eds) 2013
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 2013 issue focuses on the theme 'Stepping up national development: Prioritising essential services for young children'.

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

Full report (5.4 MB)
Poster (894 KB)
Policy brief (578 KB)
Child-friendly summary (1.25 MB)

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

Linda Richter, Distinquished Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council

Reflections on early childhood development
The Honourable Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development
The Honourable Angelina Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education
The Honourable Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health



Legislative developments in 2012/2013
Paula Proudlock, Lori Lake, Lucy Jamieson and Lisa Draga


Overview of part two

Getting the basic right: An essential package of services and support for ECD
Lizette Berry, Andrew Dawes and Linda Biersteker

Strengthening ECD service delivery: Addressing systemic challenges
André Viviers, Linda Biersteker and Sinah Moruane

Promoting healthy growth: Strengthening nutritional support for mothers, infants and children
Michael Hendricks, Hilary Goeiman and Anthony Hawkridge

Beyond survival: The role of health care in promoting ECD
Wiedaad Slemming and Haroon Saloojee

Caring for the caregiver: A framework for support
Mark Tomlinson

Rising to the challenge: Towards effective parenting programmes
Catherine Ward and Inge Wessels

Learning begins at birth: Improving access to early learning
Hasina Ebrahim, Juliana Seleti and Andrew Dawes

Building strong foundations: Improving the quality of early education
Ursula Hoadley

ECD services in South Africa: What are the next steps?
Nadi Albino and Lizette Berry


Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile

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

Income poverty, unemployment and social grants
Katharine Hall

Child health and nutrition
Katharine Hall, Nadine Nannan and Winnie Sambu

Children’s access to education
Katharine Hall

Children’s access to housing
Katharine Hall

Children’s access to basic services
Katharine Hall

Technical notes on the data sources

About the contributors

Previous issues

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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