Cape Town - Children are among the hardest hit by poverty, and poor households bear the main responsibility for looking after the largest number of children, the latest South African Child Gauge has shown.
Not only are the country's children facing gross inequality, but unemployment and poverty means many households cannot financially support their young.
According to the SA Child Gauge, the only publication to provide annual insights into the situation of the country’s children, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of children live below the poverty line of R965 per month.
Inequalities in access to quality services and opportunities still run along racial and spatial lines with 41 percent of all black African children and 33 percent of this group across all ages living in the poorest 20 percent of households in the country.
The 11th edition of the Gauge, which was launched in Pretoria on Tuesday, is produced by the Children’s Institute in partnership with the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) South Africa and other partners including the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, University of the Witwatersrand and the FNB Fund, among others.