Like everything else in life, the government’s social development initiatives have both advantages and disadvantages. Take for instance the child support grant; while this may come as some sort of a relief to financial needy single mothers, it is also a stimulus for our staggering teenage pregnancy rate. I know of a few young girls from my neighborhood that saw the child support grant as a good enough reason to get pregnant. To them, free cash from the government just for having a baby sounds like an easy way to earn a survival.
Before you gasp in dismay please be informed that these girls’ idea of survival is being able to afford a few quarts of beer and maybe some cigarettes every weekend all in the name of having “fun”. Unknown to them is the fact that babies are very expensive to rise but that’s the least of their worries and I don’t blame them. I mean, who would stress about the realities of bringing up a child when you have a mother that will gladly do it all for you at her expense? Besides there is a fun element to being pregnant: a baby shower!