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Single-parent household poverty drops

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel says the rate has dropped by around 15 percent in 5 years.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel. Picture: GCIS/Sapa.

PRETORIA - Poverty rates among single-parent households dropped from 75 percent to about 60 percent since 2008, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said on Tuesday.

He was speaking at the launch of the National Income Dynamics Study in Pretoria.

The minister says although South Africa's economy remains fragile, it's not all bleak.

Manuel says poverty levels have continued to fall since 2008.

He says employment rates have been rising slightly since the first study was conducted five years ago.

The study shows South Africans living in severe poverty earn less than R618 per month.

The study also found that unemployment rates among the youth were particularly high.