Although the government does seem to somewhat contribute to poverty alleviation and free basic education, issues still abound within these sectors.
According to a report regarding poverty alleviation from the South African Government News Agency, social grants have had a large impact in reducing poverty across the country. They reported statistics from the GSA survey, which claimed the following:
- Between 2013 and 2017 the percentage of South Africans that have been helped by social grants has increased by 20%
- Between 2002 and 2017 hunger decreased from 24, 2% to 10, 4%
- Household receptors of grants increased to 43, 8% in 2017 whereas in 2003 it was at 30,8%
However, poverty still remains an issue in South Africa, with Stats SA reporting a 55,5% poverty rate throughout the country.
When it comes to basic education, this is enshrined in the South African Constitutions Bill of Rights. However, according to an article by Children Rights Coordinator Helen Griffiths for Human Rights Watch, “In South Africa, public schools are not automatically free of charge. While many are “no fee” schools, no special schools – where most children with disabilities are erroneously sent to – fall into that category. So, while most primary school age children do not pay fees, those with disabilities often do. As a result, hundreds of thousands of children with disabilities in South Africa are still not in school.”