n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - 'It takes a village to raise a child' : accessibility of social assistance benefits in indigenous African communities

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



Deaths caused by AIDS and the escalating rate of unemployment in the adult sector of society impact dramatically on the degree of poverty and hardships endured by the majority of South African children. Children are increasingly becoming destitute as a result of parents dying of AIDS. Statistics show that in 2008 there were approximately 1,8 million AIDS orphans. Statistics further show that in 1996, 33 per cent adults of a working age were unemployed. In 2001 this rate had risen to 37 per cent and in 2002 to 41.8 per cent. On these figures, it is not surprising that six out of ten children grow up in poverty.

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