Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis


What a difference the Child Support Grant makes!

The South African Child Gauge 2016 by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town has recently been released and – focusing the theme of Children and Social Assistance – it offers an interesting spotlight on the Child Support Grant (CSG).  Here follows some very encouraging facts shared in the publication relating to the benefits of the CSG […]

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Posted on 7 March 2017

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The enormous concentration of economic power in young children: Time to tap it

The JC Coetzee Memorial Lecture delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr. David Harrison,  at the 19th Annual Family Practitioners’s Conference on 13 August 2016  Introduction It really is an honour to be invited to give the JC Coetzee Memorial Lecture today. I trust the organisers of the conference have not strayed too far from his wishes […]

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Posted on 23 August 2016

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The “ordinary magic” that can change a child’s future

This article was first published in the Star on 9 May 2016 Since 27 April 2015, ‘Mandela’s children’ have been turning twenty-one. They are the first of the ‘born-free generation’ to become adults. Are they better off than young adults were in the early nineties? It’s a difficult question to ask at the best of […]

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Posted on 11 May 2016

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David Harrison on the urgent need for child and mother nutrition

7 April was World Health Day.  During an interview on CNBC Africa’s programme Open Exchange, our CEO, David Harrison explains how improving the nutrition of children can dramatically improve the economic growth of Africa.

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Posted on 9 April 2015

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New evidence of the positive effects of cognitive stimulation and nutrition interventions for under-2s

Written by: Fiona Burtt, 24 June 2014 An article published last week in international medical journal, The Lancet,[1] showcases new evidence of the encouraging effects of ECD interventions for young children, demonstrating that: A responsive stimulation and/or enhanced nutrition intervention works for children up to two years old; and A responsive stimulation intervention that positively affects […]

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Posted on 26 June 2014

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Make a difference – support a food garden farmer

It is difficult to make a success of food gardening – as I have learned through many a failed attempt. I have been inspired though by Abalimi Bezekhaya who runs a training and support programme, Harvest of Hope, for food garden farmers in the Western Cape.  Through this programme every farmer is supported and trained […]

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Posted on 7 February 2013

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