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Lehohla: Living conditions set to improve for SA’s youth

Lehohla says while child labour has decreased more needs to be done to ensure that children as young as seven do not have to work.

FILE: Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Statistician-General Pali Lehola says at the rate that child welfare is improving and child labour is decreasing, living conditions look set to improve for South Africa’s youth.

On Thursday, StatsSA released results of a survey detailing activities of young people.

It covered aspects of lifestyle patterns and challenges faced by South African youth.

Lehohla says while child labour has decreased, more needs to be done to ensure that children as young as seven do not have to work.

“The children do attend school but are also engaged in activities that are trade related or market-related.”

Lehohla says it is interesting to see that while life expectancy has risen, the number of orphaned children has increased.

The Statistician-General says plans need to be made to put an end to the trend of black children being most likely to struggle at schools because of weak support systems at home.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)