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South African Child Gauge 2010/2011
Jamieson L, Bray R, Viviers A, Lake L, Pendlebury S & Smith C (eds) 2011
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 2010/2011issue focuses on the theme 'Children as citizens: Participating in social dialogue'.

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

Full report (3.41 MB)
Poster - side A (1 MB)
Poster - side B (540 kB)
Resources on children's participation 

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

The Most Reverend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

 Reflections on children's participation
The Honourable Lulu Xingwana, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities



Legislative developments in 2010/2011
Prinslean Mahery and Tendai Nhenga-Chakarisa



Overview of part two

Children’s participation in the South African Child Gauge 2010/2011

Children’s rights to participate in social dialogue
Lucy Jamieson

Effective children’s participation in social dialogue
Rachel Bray

Children’s relationships with professionals
Jill Kruger and Minette Coetzee

Children and school governance: Representation, participation and power
Shirley Pendlebury

Children’s involvement in government policy and budget analysis
Christina Nomdo and Hazel Roberts

Children and the media: Voices worth hearing?
William Bird and Mike Rahfaldt

Children’s experiences of participation
André Viviers, Glynis Clacherty and Aadielah Maker

Unsettling the status quo: Children’s challenges to adult perceptions and practices
Helen Meintjes

Conclusion: Children as citizens
Lucy Jamieson, Shirley Pendlebury and Rachel Bray



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 Matt Chennells and Katharine Hall

Child health
Updated by Tamlyn Roman and Katharine Hall

Children’s access to education
Updated by Rutendo Murambiwa and Katharine Hall

Children’s access to housing
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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