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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of gogos

From: “Knowledge I seek because culture doesn’t work anymore … It doesn’t work, death comes”: the experiences of third-generation female caregivers (gogos) in South Africa discussing sex, sexuality and HIV and AIDS with children in their care

Pseudonym Age Number of dependants Ages of children in in gogos care Source of income Total monthly income disclosed in interview
Thoko 60–65 1 10–15 Senior Citizen grant
Foster Care Grant
R2150
Thuli 60–65 3 15–20 (2),
20–25
Hawking
Foster Care Grant
R840
Bontle 50–55 2 0–5, 15–20 Social Welfare Grant R320
Sindi 55–60 4 0–5 (2),
5–10, 15–20
Rent Income
Social Welfare Grant
R320
Florence 70–75 2 15–20, 20–25 Senior Citizen Grant
Social Welfare Grant
R1670
Bongi 60–65 2 0–5, 15–20 Not disclosed
Lerato 50–60 2 10–15, 15–20 Social Welfare Grant
Help from local NGO
R320
Agnes 50–60 3 10–15 (2)
15–20
Social Welfare Grant
Monthly Stipend from Projects
R820
Mercy 50–55 2 10–15 (2) Foster Care Grant R840
Faith 70–89 2 10–15, 20–25 Foster Care Grant
Senior Citizen Grant
R2190
  1. R100 = approximately 6.5 Euros