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  • New York - Children across Africa face unacceptably high levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence at home, at school and in the streets, researchers specialising in children's rights said on Wednesday (11 February 2015).
  • Friday, February 20, 2015

    The Humanitarian Centre is delighted to invite you to their online webinar on the World Day of Social Justice.This event, focusing on the right to justice, brings together legal professionals who have worked across South Africa, The Gambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo to share their experiences of how the law and increased legal awareness can empower individuals to understand and claim their rights. The event will last only an hour and focus around four keynote speakers. Each speaker will focus 10 minutes on her/his area of experience of how the law can be used to empower individuals. PAN: Children will be represented by Isabel Magaya as one of the keynote speakers.


  • In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country's extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people "lazy" and "dependent"? And is South Africa headed for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research. By Louise Ferreira for AFRICA CHECK.
  • Johannesburg - The government will have to rethink its anti-poverty initiatives after a new Stats SA report showed that more people in South Africa are poor, after a tweak in how the national statistics body measures the poverty line.
  • President Jacob Zuma will present the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of Parliament at 19h00 on Thursday, 12 February 2015.
  • Pretoria - “South Africans don’t want to go back to the pre-1994 era in our country. That’s what I’ve learnt this week. And I’m deeply sorry for my comments on segregating children at our school.”
  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    On the 12 January 2015 the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) published the Draft National Youth Policy for 2014-19 and invited comments.The HSRC invites you in partnership with the Children’s Institute, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and the Poverty and Inequality Initiative at the University of Cape Town to a working lunch in order for us to draft a formal response as a collective of academics and practitioners. We will have four very brief inputs followed by discussion and recorded recommendations. (Date: Monday, 16 February 2015 ,Time: 11:30  – 14:30) Click here for more information.

  • UNICEF calls on governments, donors and the private sector not only to invest more, but also to invest more wisely in education
  • Earlier this month the MEC for Basic Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Nelisiwe Peggy Nkonyeni, announced the provincial results of the 2014 matric class. Reading through her speech, it was difficult to know whether to laugh, cry or scream, and in the end one could but shake one’s head in disbelief.
  • Friday, September 4, 2015

    The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 2-4 September 2015 in the Kramer Law Building, University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child advocates from across the world will gather for three days to share and discuss the latest child indicator research and implications for policy and interventions.