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Parents expect – and hope – to die before their children. It’s the natural order of things. South Africa has a disturbingly high rate of deaths among young people – nearly 78,000 in 2013, according to a new Statistics SA report, though a welcome sign is that this number represents a decline from the peak in youth deaths around 2005. Statistics SA says in most cases, the cause of death among young people in 2013 was ‘natural’. Parents would probably disagree with the use of that word. Statistics SA also says that young people have borne the brunt of the recession since 2008 through job losses and have not benefited from the mild recovery, according to an African News Agency report. Here, News24’s Adam Wakefield looks at what’s really killing our young people, and what we should be doing about it. – Marika Sboros
By Adam Wakefield.
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
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