The Mediterranean journal of social sciences published an article entitled, The determinants of child poverty in a South Africa township: a case of Boipatong. The study investigates the possible determinants of child poverty in the Boipatong Township. Research shows that the most affected groups of people where poverty prevails are women and children. Child poverty is considered to be one of the main causes of chronic poverty, and its eradication stands to be a shared goal worldwide.
In the poverty trend report by Stats SA, it is illustrates that a number of children are living below the poverty line. This article eleborates on the determants of child poverty. Focusing on Boipatong township, the paper discusses the effects of the household’s total income, employment status, age of the household head, the number of people in the household and gender of head of household on child poverty.The results of the study indicate that the employment status of the head of the household; number of people living in the household and total income of the household are significant determinants of child poverty status in Boipatong. Under employment status, the study discovered that formal employment was associated with lower levels of poverty and also that the probability of being poor was lower if one was employed formally. This may imply that policies that are aimed at dealing with poverty and child poverty in particular should consider ways of creating formal employment for people in the townships. The negative relationship between age and poverty may imply the order people have more sources of income. This income could be from old age grants or from pensions.