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16 August 2013

Stuck in a destructive cycle of poverty and teen pregnancy

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The midday sun beats down heavily on a dirt road in Tonga, a rural town near the Komati River in Mpumalanga. A truck speeds past and engulfs the two young women walking down the road in dust.

Ntombi* (21) and her friend are walking towards the bushy end of the street. They are on their way home from the array of shops spread along the main road, where they were submitting their CVs in an attempt to get a casual job.

“There isn’t much to do here in Tonga. The few of us who do manage to get jobs never keep them for long,” says Ntombi. “It’s really tough because we both have children to look after.”

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)