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South African Children!

By Mzukona Mantshontsho

It is a relief that we are meticulous about washing our hands, avoiding handshakes, boosting our immune systems by eating well, minimising unnecessary stress and getting enough exercise and fresh air.

This suggests that South Africans have a plan if they get sick: they know where to go, who to contact and how to care for our livelihoods. We can do more; it is about behavioural change for us to do better.

Let us not forget the vast number of issues threatening the well-being of children today:

  • Lack of proper nutrition and shelter
  • Lack of access to proper healthcare
  • Neglect
  • Violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child pornography
  • Child trafficking
  • Accidental drowning, burns, electrocution, poisoning and choking
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Lack of proper education, and
  • Bullying

Bullying in our schools is a very unwelcome behavior because it makes so many learners feel uncomfortable and often hate or choose to bunk school, because of bullying.

Bullying is expressed in numerous ways: emotionally, physically, psychologically and at times plain peer pressure in terms of being made to feel ‘uncool’ or weird. When you are bullied at school, make the effort to inform the teachers or management, to find a lasting solution. While many people are aware of these issues, they do not understand just how great an impact they have on our children and our society as a whole.

The number of South African children suffering from child abuse is much higher – in the millions. Children require a great deal of assistance and guidance in everyday life, much more so than adults do. Children need help with almost everything they do, from basic tasks such as having a bath and getting dressed, to learning how to treat other people. This means that children are much more vulnerable than adults and therefore require protection from the many dangers that threaten their well-being.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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