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South Africa: A Legacy of Family Disruption South Africa: A Legacy of Family Disruption HOT

This article draws together unusual characteristics of the legacy of apartheid in South Africa: the state-orchestrated destruction of family life, high rates of unemployment and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. The disruption of family life has resulted in a situation in which many women have to fulfil the role of both breadwinner and care giver in a context of high unemployment and very limited economic opportunities. The question that follows is: given this crisis of care, to what extent can or will social protection and employment-related
social policies provide the support women and children need?

Version 2011
Category Theme 3: Child poverty and ECD
Author Debbie Budlender, Francis Lund