South African Children Face Higher Risk of Poverty, Data Finds

According to new data released by Statistics South Africa, children, black Africans, women, people from rural areas, those living in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, and people with little or no education are the main victims of poverty.



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While poverty is highest amongst children (aged 0–17), poverty levels tend to drop as one gets older and only starts to increase again from the age of 55 onwards. The poverty gap, as well as the severity of poverty, shows a similar trend to the poverty headcount for the 0–17 age group.