Impact of social grants on food security in Gauteng under the loop in doctoral study
Remember the name Mandisa Mokwena (previously Putuma), because this woman is an academic trailblazer. On 12 October 2016 she obtained a second PhD degree, this time from the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal).
In her thesis, Impact of social grants on food security: Evidence from selected neighbourhoods in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, Dr Mokwena applied a logit regression model to examine the impact of social grants on food security in sampled households in Atteridgeville, Soshanguve in the City of Tshwane and Thembisa in the Ekurhuleni Metro area. Results from the regression demonstrated that increases in income, education and employment of the head of the household significantly contribute towards food security at the household level.
The study further reveals that food security experienced by the household is significantly linked to educational attainment and access to social grants by the head of the household. The implication of this study is, according to Dr Danie Meyer – the promotor of the study, that food insecurity in urban areas may require a different approach to eradicate urban food insecurity. Access to food at household level depends on how food markets and the distribution systems function rather than on total agro-food ability. Income levels hence plays a significant role in food security at the household level.
Other factors include food exemptions on value added tax (VAT), and public works employment programmes to facilitate income generation. This study contributes to the limited understanding and research on the main determinants of food insecurity among the urban poor and the contribution social grants can make towards alleviating it.
More about Dr Mokwena’s academic achievements
Born on 15 November 1966 in Port Elizabeth, Mandisa Mokwena (previously Putuma) is currently the Chief Executive of Kazol Resources, a management consulting and econometric modelling company. She has worked at UNISA, Deloitte and Touché, and Accenture Consulting before venturing into the public sector. She holds a BCom (with distinction); BCom Hons; MCom and MBA. She enrolled for a PhD at the University of Venda in 2006 with the title: “An Analysis of Group Collaterisation as an Instrument for Sustainable Acess of Finance by Low Income Households in South Africa” and completed the degree in 2008. In 2014 she enrolled at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University for a second PhD degree.
* The co-promoter of the study was Dr PF Muzindutsi.