JOHANNESBURG-- Half of working mothers in South Africa's metropolitan areas consider themselves to be single mothers and only 16 per cent say that they receive regular financial support from the father of their children, according to a study by Old Mutual, one of the country's leading insurers and financial services group.
The 2017 Old Mutual Savings and Investment Monitor says that the financial burden, often carried alone, means that the dependents of the parent will be left destitute should anything unfortunate happen to the breadwinner.
APriya Naicker, an advice manager at Old Mutual Personal Finance, said here Monday that this was an issue of great concern for single parents and for society as a whole.
I think the first thing that's really important is to acknowledge that there is a problem and be able to share the information at the relevant platforms and let people know that the problem is real, that it does not affect just the single mothers but the number of dependents who are attached to those mothers, she added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK