Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis


Growing Greatness and curbing stunting to unleash children’s full potential

Here’s the thing about motherhood. Not only does it lead to intricate involvement in the wellbeing of your own children, but it also extends that to the children around you. This is evident in the work of Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso, who heads the Grow Great Campaign, which aims to bring SA closer to achieving […]

Posted on 28 September 2018

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Why we need big business to make bold moves and get behind this simple super food

Shoprite recently won public kudos by ‘zero-rating’ Ultrex sanitary pads – essentially selling the brand at cost price. This bold move is exactly what we should expect from private companies facing up to this country’s social and economic inequalities. Although South Africans may not experience the extreme poverty of people in low-income countries, the indignity […]

Posted on 21 September 2018

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What is undermining our investments in South Africa’s children?

Returning to work following the December break, my colleagues at the Zero-Stunting Initiative and I, began to share stories of how our families view the work we are doing to tackle widespread and chronic undernutrition in SA.  Stunted children are short-for-age because they don’t get enough of the right foods, and this affects their ability […]

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Posted on 15 February 2018

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Stunting – the silent killer of South Africa’s potential

When we think malnutrition we tend to think of emaciated children struggling to survive, but malnutrition is also the cause of stunting – a largely invisible condition that is starving the economy by preventing our children from reaching their full potential.  By Sinikiwe Mqadi The recently published South African Early Childhood Review 2017 reinforced the fact […]

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Posted on 22 November 2017

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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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