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'Child grant doesn't encourage teen pregnancy'

Perceptions that teenage girls only get pregnant to receive a child support grant are inaccurate,...

Local

Perceptions that teenage girls only get pregnant to receive a child support grant are inaccurate, researchers said on Tuesday.

A study conducted by the University of Johannesburg revealed that teenage girls are in the minority when it comes to receiving the monthly cash supplement.

Researcher Tessa Hochfeld said contrary to popular beliefs, it was not a trend for young girls to fall pregnant.  

She said there was no evidence to support the argument.

Research was conducted in Doornkop, Soweto.

The report revealed that many young women applied for the grant, but only five percent of them were teenagers.

More than 60 percent of those surveyed survive on less than R500 a month.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)


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