South Africa’s child support grant — introduced in 1998 and currently at R420 a month — intended to improve the wellbeing of young children by reducing malnutrition. Over 20 years later, that is not the case.
Amost half-a-million Gauteng beneficiaries reliant on feeding schemes under the suspended provincial food bank programme, having already gone hungry for four months, are now facing a bleak Christmas.
One in five South African children under the age of five suffer from stunting.This is according to the recent South African Demographic and Health Survey that found that stunted children suffer delayed growth and their brains don’t develop as they should.
Stunted kids grow into fat adults, indicative of a nutritional crisis government does not know how to address. Are there no champions for NCDs because they mostly affect women, the old and fat?