World Bank drops SA 2017 growth forecast

2017-09-19 15:16

The World Bank has downgraded South Africa’s 2017 growth forecast to 0.6% from 1.1% in January. Unless the economy starts growing, SA's poor will continue to live in grinding poverty.

White monopoly capital no PR ploy

2017-09-03 06:02

To claim that ‘white monopoly capital’ is a new concept that is not rooted in our liberation movement and the fight for justice is just silly, writes Abel Dlamini.

Economic status quo threatens SA's stability - Dlamini-Zuma

2017-08-29 19:02

Retaining the economic status quo which has left over half of South Africans living in poverty will threaten the country’s peace and stability, warns presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Mondli Makhanya: Let’s get back to business

2017-08-27 06:00

On Monday, the Guptas announced that they were selling their comedic media assets to one of their favourite puppets. Quite appropriate, given how hilarious The New Age and ANN7 are. Who better to run them than a puppet, writes Mondli Makhanya.

A generation of poor children

2017-08-27 05:59

Decision-makers in government need to be preoccupied with how to avoid a situation where an entire generation of children are born poor.

More than 50% of South Africans are living below poverty line - Stats SA

Statistics South Africa released the 'Poverty trends in South Africa: An examination of absolute poverty between 2006 and 2015' report on Tuesday, revealing a startling increase in poverty rates. Watch.

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Even in the best democracies statisticians are not safe - Pali Lehohla

2017-08-22 14:49

Statistics create a platform for policymakers to engage and prescribe solutions to the country’s challenges, says Statistician General Pali Lehohla.

WATCH: Over 100 000 people live on the streets in SA

According to the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) study of homelessness, between 100 000 and 200 000 people are homeless in South Africa. Here’s a look at the stats.

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Why the World Bank’s efforts to marshal private capital won’t reduce poverty

2017-07-06 07:41

The planned reinvention of the World Bank may be a mea culpa of sort, but it is still a bearer of bad news for poor African countries, says Lecturer Misheck Mutize.

Eviction of homeless immigrants in Cape Town building was without court order

2017-06-29 12:31

Homeless people - mostly immigrants from the DRC - who were living in the disused former Ivory Room and Madame Zingara buildings on Loop Street, Cape Town, have been kicked out by the CCID without a court order.


Here's why SA needs a new approach to empowerment

2017-09-12 15:46

The poverty data recently released by Statistics South Africa are a useful warning that South Africa needs to change the way it makes empowerment policy if it is to remain a stable society, writes Frans Cronje.

Zuma is an easy target - because the truth hurts

2017-09-01 08:04

Those that criticise President Zuma do so because his profligacy affects their pockets. The rich elites don’t care about poor blacks, equality or empowerment, writes Maynard Manyowa.

Children must be a priority

2017-08-27 06:00

The despicable state of affairs at many rural schools in the country is a travesty as poverty levels rise and rise, writes Thuli Madonsela.

What poverty looks like

2017-08-27 05:59

SA needs the political will to match the information we already have to save our young from a dismal future.

Don’t dream big in Gauteng

2017-08-27 05:59

Eight years ago, poverty forced Vincent Hlongwane to move from Limpopo to Gauteng to try to make a better life for himself.

The poor spend most of their income on food

2017-08-23 06:00

Data from Statistics South Africa revealed that poor households spend most of their income on food, compared to richer households.

More than 50% of SA’s population is living in poverty

2017-08-22 10:48

More than half of the South African population is living in poverty, data from Statistics South Africa shows.

Jobs - not grants - only way out of poverty, says Pali Lehohla

2017-08-07 11:58

Poverty can’t be resolved by social grants, but only when people are productive and working, says statistician general Pali Lehohla.

Inside labour: How much more pain can SA’s poor take?

2017-07-03 07:28

"It’s the rich wot lives in clover. It’s the poor wot gets the blame." So goes a line in an old English music hall song. It sums up what is starting to happen as the country waits to see what effect sub-investment grade, or “junk” status, will have.

More people on grants than with jobs, five years later

2017-06-21 10:47

There were more than 17 million South Africans dependent on social grants on a monthly basis compared to about 15.5 million South Africans with jobs last year, the SA Institute of Race Relations says.

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