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[LISTEN] Can social grants support rising cost of feeding a child?

| It's understood that at least 10 to 20 South African children die of starvation every day.

CAPE TOWN - A concerned citizen has called Talk Radio 702 and insists that government should explore the distribution of virtual coupons to social grant recipients to address malnutrition in South Africa.

Nthabiseng says that grant money is not being used appropriately by some parents.

"With young girls, it becomes enticing for them to do their hair before they actually care for their child. I know one of my relatives whose child was eight-months-old and they were admitted in hospital for malnutrition. She gets money for the kids but where does it go to?"

Dr Tracey Ledger, research fellow at Wits School of Social Sciences, agrees with Nthabiseng's idea and says social grants are not enough to feed one child.

"A child under five, as just one example, needs half a litre of milk every day. With the current retail price of milk, it could cost more than half of the monthly child grant just to feed the child that one item."

Listen to the audio above for more details.

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