The highest number of children living in poverty since 2011 was just over seven million last year.
Senior researcher Dr. Kath Hall from the Children’s Institute shared the findings of the most recent report with the group on Friday in Johannesburg.
She claimed that the child support grant had aided in defending kids from pandemic-related economic shocks.
According to research, grant recipients typically spend more money on food than they do on what are referred to as” sins ,” such as alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.
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Hall, however, issued a warning that the grant hasn’t kept up with the rise in food prices despite annual increases.
Another 1.5 million kids will be living above the poverty line, according to her, if the R500 child support grant is raised to the food poverty level.
R760 per person per month is the level of food poverty in 2023.
According to Hall, a lower boundpoverty line — just over R1 000 per month — requires sacrifice because it necessitates making some essential food sacrifices or forgoing food in order to purchase school shoes.
According to Stats SA’s report, choosing between these options is difficult because it is a difficult decision to make. The World Health Organization’s recommended calorie intake is about meeting the food poverty line of R760 per person per month, which is just enough for basic food.