The Impact Of Poverty In South Africa

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What is poverty?
Poverty, according to “Powerful Information”, “deprives people of their security and well-being; deprives people not only of safe water and adequate food, clothing and shelter, but also education and healthcare; Poverty means physical deprivation, lack of opportunity, and loss of hope. takes away people’s rights, and their freedom, dignity and peace of mind; puts people 's lives in danger and robs them of their future”. (Anon., n.d.)

Why is poverty an issue in South Africa?
Poverty is a huge issue in South Africa because people who live in poverty usually turn to crime as the solution in order to survive. People living in poverty become more sick from lack of access to clean water and sanitation and children are prone to malnutrition. South Africa gives out social grants in order to minimise poverty in the country, and according to “Randfontein herald” more than 30% of South Africa’s population relies on a social grant. Which means that the country is using money for social grants that could be used for other important resources, such as education, transportation and other country needs. (Anon., 2014)

What is the impact of poverty on South Africa? (According to “Hannah Cleveland” from “The Borgen Project”)
The most common effect of poverty is malnutrition, as people living in poverty rarely have access to highly nutritious foods, nor the money in order to purchase food. One effect of poverty is the health effects that the people in poverty receive.

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