Spotlight has produced When Kids Go Hungry, a six-part series looking at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on the nutritional status of children in South Africa. It shines a light on the work of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town where children with chronic conditions such as kidney or liver disease are treated to stem the effects of of potential malnutrition. Sheila Botha feeds roughly 90 children in Sun City – an informal settlement built on top of a former dumping site in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape – twice a week through her pop-up soup kitchen, a community-led and supported initiative. While, Cynthia Dwanya is a preschool teacher in the seaside village of Qolora on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast, she started an early childhood development programme to address child poverty and malnutrition in the area.
spotlight, 17 November 2020
In the Winelands district of the Western Cape, one community has taken COVID-19 humanitarian relief into their own hands. Read more »
spotlight, 12 November 2020
It is mid-morning on a Wednesday in Extension 8, a township area in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. Children line the fence with their containers, eager for their first meal of the… Read more »
spotlight, 5 November 2020
“The children must eat,” says Cynthia Dwanya, a preschool teacher in the seaside village of Qolora on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast. A small group of young children play on the… Read more »
spotlight, 2 November 2020
It is a chilly Tuesday afternoon in Sun City, an informal settlement built on top of a former dumping site in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. Dressed in a pink robe, Momma Sheila… Read more »
spotlight, 29 October 2020
Shihaam Cader is the Chief Dietitian and Head of Dietetics at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. After more than 16 years at Red Cross, Cader and her team… Read more »
President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the senior class of 2020 well for their final examinations and praised them for persevering through the Covid-19 pandemic. The release of the … Read more »
Water, sanitation and hygiene, usually treated by governments and NGOs as a separate policy area from food and nutrition, make up the second leading cause of stunted growth in … Read more »
A young child being measured for signs of malnutrition (file photo).