Poverty in South Africa Essay

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Poverty is one of the greatest problems facing South Africa. South African families live in very unsatisfactory conditions. The South African government works hard to bring down the rate of poverty but it also seems to increase as they try.

The majority of the South African people are unemployed or else the breadwinner of the family looses the job or dies. In that situation the family has nobody to provide them with the basic needs of life. The children have no money to go to school and that alone increases the rate of poverty as it is known to everybody that if u is uneducated, you have no good chances of getting a well paying job that will sustain you for the rest of your life. In those situations people turn to crime. They believe
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Their clients refuse to use condoms and they feel that they have no option but to proceed with everything because they are in desperate need of money. They also fear that they will be attacked if they do not agree with their clients. Some women tend to get multiple sexual partners because they are in desperate need of money. Those partners refuse to use condoms and the woman feels that she has no choice in the matter because she is dependent on her partners for a living. Even if the woman has only one sexual partner, if she is dependent on him for a living and if he refuses to use a condom she will not have anything to do or say as he has power over her. If most people have sex without using a condom there will be a multiple number of unplanned pregnancies. Those children will have to suffer the consequences of being born in a society that is stricken by poverty. This also increases the rate of people who are living with HIV and AIDS. The statistics shows that the higher percentage of people living with aids is women, I fell that this is because of poverty. If a woman dies of AIDS and she had had children those children will have no one to take care of them and they will also be affected by poverty. They can not go to school and obviously they will be uneducated.

The lack of education can also be a strong influence of poverty. People have no

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