Child alone

Child alone

Of the 18.5 million South African children under 18, an astonishing 21% are orphans, 25% do not live with their parents and 60% live in poverty.

Did you even think it possible?

All this endless debate about crime; township gangs out of control; the sexual abuse of children; over-crowded prisons.Now at least we know why. So, are we surprised about the poor matric results? Whatever we do about redesigning matric courses, can we expect anything but poor results? And given those statistics, “Our children are our future” gets a whole new meaning.

Can there be any doubt that we should have only one national priority: child care? Without that, everything else is futile. Given those statistics, waste and abuse of public resources becomes not mere foolish extravagance, it is sin.

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