Monday, March 1, 2010

Poverty Persists in South Africa, According to Study

A new study shows that South Africa's poverty problem has seen little improvement in recent years.

The poorest group of adults -- earning up to R50000 a year -- shrank by just 7000 between 2007 and last year, a report by the University of SA's Bureau of Market Research showed last week. In absolute terms, the number of people in this category dipped to 23503512, down from 23510969.

While grim, it is not all bad. The number of poorest hardly moved in absolute terms, but did decrease as a proportion of the total population, from 77,9% to 75,4%.

South Africa: Little Progress in Alleviating Poverty in SA
Business Day
March 1, 2010