According to July figures , there were The myth that teenage girls intentionally get pregnant to access child support grantsis perhaps the most pervasive and one that has been given added credibility by spurious news reports. In November various news websites carried an article originally authored by the South African Press Agency Sapa on teenage pregnancy in Limpopo province. The Sapa story, citing figures contained in a report by the Limpopo provincial health department, stated that But the Sapa story ignored the fact that even the researchers of the report had cast doubt on those findings.
It is evident from this study that the child support grant as a driver of teenage pregnancy is merely a perception.
The Sapa article failed to take into account the criteria used to determine when a teenage parent or their guardian is liable to receive a grant. This translates to R95 a day — just above the average South African minimum wage.
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Clearly, the grant targets those families who can be considered the most desperate and in need of financial support. Currently, the grant is R a month per child, and will be increased to R in October this year.
The impact assessment further credited child grants for reducing risky behaviour among teens, including sexual activity and pregnancy. As such, they may serve to reduce teenage pregnancy over time, rather than increase them as the myth suggests. Michelle Solomon is a journalist and gender-based violence and rape survivor rights activist based in the Eastern Cape.
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