South Africa Poverty

South Africa is rich in natural resources making it Africa's largest economy, however many South Africans live in poverty particularly in the eastern half of the country, which has the highest black population.

In fact South Africa has been judged one of the most unequal countries in the world and, as ever, its 18m+ children and young people who are affected more than others.

The headline unemployment figure of 23.3%, whilst high in itself, belies this inequality for, sixteen years after the end of apartheid, 29.8% of blacks are unemployed compared with 22.3% of 'coloureds', 8.6% of Asians and just 5.1% of whites.


South Africa Poverty

South Africa Poverty

South Africa Poverty




South Africa Poverty

Poorly educated and ill people do not make for a vibrant economy, nor does an underinvested in infrastructure with roads and rail networks ill equipped to face the challenges of the twenty first century. As such, today, for every $100 of income for whites, a black person would have an equivalent income of just $13.00. Cont/...

South Africa Poverty

Graphic credit: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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