Doctoral degree focuses on the determinants of child poverty in Boipatong

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:56

Doctoral degree focuses on the determinants of child poverty in Boipatong

During the recent October Graduation – which took place at the Quest Conference Estate in Vanderbijlpark, the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Economics was conferred upon Jabulile Lindiwe Makhalima.

In her thesis Dr Makhalima – who is also a proud alumna of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), investigated the determinants of child poverty in the Boipatong Township. She focused on whether the characteristics of heads of households along with household characteristics such as income and household size contribute to child poverty. The outcome of the study indicated that unemployment, old age, and male headed households were positively associated with a higher probability of child poverty. The results also revealed that household income and household size were significant in explaining child poverty. In short: the bigger the household size, the higher the chance of the children in the household being poor.

The main recommendations from the study was that child poverty should be dealt with separately from the common poverty measure. It was also recommended that, since child poverty is a derived position, there should be deliberate measures that should target the head of households such as the establishment of a community one-stop information centre, where residents can find information pertaining to employment, education opportunities and career guidance amongst other things. It was also recommended that there should be government-private sector collaboration in the provision of various skills that will make residents employable. There should also be a deliberate effort by the local government to help informal businesses in the area to graduate to formal small and medium enterprises.

More about Dr Makhalima

Dr Makhalima was born on 22 February 1986 in Lenesia, South of Johannesburg. She completed her matric in 2004 at General Smuts High School in Vereeniging, where she was a member of the Learner Representative Council. She holds a BCom degree in Economics and International Trade, an Honours in Economics (with distinction), and a Masters in Economics all of which she completed at the Vaal Triangle Campus.

The course work component of her Master’s degree was done at Molde University College in Norway. The title of her Masters dissertation was: Poverty and the economics of child and grandmother-headed households in Sebokeng. This study motivated the title of her PhD thesis. Jabulile has been working at the North-West University (Vaal Triangle Campus) as a lecturer since 2012. She has published a number of academic papers in peer reviewed academic journals. 

* The promotor of the study was Dr MB Sekatane and the co-promoter was Dr SH Dunga.

Dr Lindiwe Makhalima and Prof Herman van der Merwe Dr Lindiwe Makhalima and Mr Neels Vermeulen



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