Real or fake? Cadbury's 3.7million orphans in SA claim investigated

Real or fake? Cadbury's 3.7million orphans in SA claim investigated

- Cadbury has claimed that there are 3.7 million orphans in South Africa

- However, the actual figure is closer to 2.1 million

- Additionally, there are under 400 000 double orphans (meaning children who have lost both parents)

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A recent marketing campaign by Cadbury has urged people to donate money to support South African orphans.

In the campaign, Cadbury claims that there are currently 3.7 million orphans in the country.

But how does this figure compare with the reality?

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Cadbury shared the 3.7 million orphan figure on various social media platforms. In a country of just over 57 million people, this makes for a substnatial percentage of the population.

However, Cadbury's claim is incorrect. It is an outdated figure that has been shared by Unicef, among other places.

Stats SA defines an orphan as any child under the age of 18 who has lost one or both parents. According to AfricaCheck, the total number of orphans in South Africas of a 2016 survey was around 2.4 million. Most recent date from 2018 puts the number at just over 2.2 million.

This is one and half million fewer orphans that Cadbury has claimed. 

Additionally, the number of double orphans (those who have lost both parents) is closer to 375 000.

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This means that Cadbury's estimate is out of date, as is the number listed by Unicef. Unicef says they will update their information soon, has gathered.

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