Millenium Development Goals For SA

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TAKE HOME ASSIGNMENT:

“WHAT HAS SOUTH
AFRICA DONE TO
ACHIEVE THE MDG’S?”

INTRODUCTION

The Millennium Development Goals are set by the United Nations to be achieved by
South Africa. Important global partnerships for development were formed, to ensure productive work for all, commitment, good governance and poverty eradication. Most importantly, “What has South Africa done to achieve the MDG’s?”

GOAL 1 – TO ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY
In South Africa the severity of poverty has been reduced since 2002. Malnutrition amongst under 5 year olds had a decline from 88971 cases in 2001 to 30082 in
2005. Households with access to clean water increase from 60% in 1995 to 85% in
2003. By December 2004 10 million people had access to clean water. Access to sanitation increased from 49% to 63% in 2003. 2.4 million housing subsidies were approved and 1.74 million housing units were built by 2005. NERICA (New Rice for
Africa) allowed farmers to feed their own families and sell their crops to earn a living, thus becoming self sustaining.

GOAL 2 – TO ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION
Education in South Africa has the single largest budget item, approximately
R95 billion. An increase in enrolment from 15000 to 280000 in primary level, over
98% of 7 to 13 year olds attended primary institutions. 15 to 24 year old illiterate decreased from 14% to 10 % in 2006. A world food programme was initiated to provide school lunch thus encouraging children to go to school and receive a nutritious meal. There are projects that raise funds to build schools and donation of stationary and teaching parents to make a decent standard of living so children may attend classes and won’t need to work.

GOAL 3 – TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY
South Africa shows great improvement: At secondary and tertiary level more girls than boys are enrolled throughout the years 1999 to 2006. Progress is noted in the participation of women empowerment. Women contribute to

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