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Title:2010 Annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture, University of the Witwatersrand: voices from the margin
Author:Orderson, CrystalISNI
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:single mothers
family allowances
living conditions
speeches (form)
Abstract:This lecture narrates the story of young single mothers living in Mitchell's Plain, a township on the periphery of Cape Town, South Africa, the choices they make on a daily basis and the exclusion they face. The Ruth First Fellowship allowed the author to return to her hometown of Mitchell's Plain, located on the Cape Flats, to research and investigate the plight of single mothers who receive a child support grant from the State. In the lecture she tells the story of a community of women who rely on matriarchal networks to survive; the choices they make. Her story of their lives challenges the widespread notion that those receiving the child support grant are living off the State. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]