SA children face stark poverty - survey

A study has revealed a very bleak outlook on income of vulnerable groups in South Africa.

South African currency. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

PRETORIA - The annual Social Profile of Vulnerable Groups Survey on Thursday found nearly two thirds of the country's children live in homes where the average income is less than R650 a month.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released the figures at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

The figures are based on the General Household Survey.

Vulnerable groups consist of women, children and the elderly.

The annual social profile found that nearly five percent of children are double orphans, with the majority of one parent orphans having lost fathers rather than mothers.

The survey found that 65% of South Africa's children live in homes that earn less than R650 a month.

In that category, one in three children live in homes where there is no income at all.

Stats SA's chief statistician Neil Roux said black children remain disproportionately affected, even though the figures have improved in the last decade.

But he said access to education improved since 2002.

Roux said most children and youths who dropped out of school or higher learning institutions blamed a lack of money for fees as the reason for not furthering their education.