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Media advisory: Investments in young children a great equaliser

What: Launch of South African Child Gauge 2013

When: 15h30 for 16h00 – 17.00 (followed by light refreshments) Thursday, 10 October 2013

Where: Centre for the Book, 62 Victoria Street, Cape Town

Investments in children’s first years of life can help to reduce widening inequalities in South Africa. Early childhood services, and their long-term benefits for the country, will be featured at the launch of the South African Child Gauge 2013 in Cape Town this Thursday.

Now in its eighth year, the South African Child Gauge serves as an annual barometer of the situation of South Africa’s children. This year’s theme of "Stepping up national development: Prioritising essential services for young children" illustrates how a package of essential services of support for children and their families can improve children’s development and life trajectory – and ultimately that of the nation as a whole.

The launch event will be hosted jointly by the Children’s Institute (CI), University of Cape Town, UNICEF, and the early childhood development programme, Ilifa Labantwana. Speakers include:

  • Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini;
  • Representative of UNICEF South Africa, Aida Girma;
  • Bernadette Moffat, Executive Director of the ELMA Philanthropies, a founding member of Ilifa Labantwana;
  • UCT Associate Professor of Social Development and member of the National Planning Commission, Viviene Taylor.

To confirm attendance, please contact

For media liaison, contact:

Charmaine Smith, Communication and Knowledge Manager,
Children’s Institute, UCT: | 083 304 9600

Emma de Villiers, Communication Specialist
UNICEF South Africa | 073 156 3650

Dela Atubra, Communications Manager
Ilifa Labantwana | 083 387 6115

More about The South African Child Gauge
The South African Child Gaugetracks new legislative developments affecting children; presents child-centred data; and reflects – through a set of short, succinct and relatively plain language essays – on a theme pertaining to children’s well-being. These essays are penned by academic, civil society and sometimes government leaders in the field. Read more>





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