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01 June 2021

Single Mothers even more at Risk when Losing their Income

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

51% of SA’s single mothers are not able to easily afford household expenses.

Most parents will agree that raising a child is expensive. So, raising a child on one income is particularly tough but a reality for many South Africans. According to research conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the South African Race Relations Institute (SARRI), more than 40% of South African mothers are single parents.  In 2020, a Gallup poll revealed Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of single mothers worldwide, at 32%.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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