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.

14 people live in a one-room shack

2017-06-20 10:13

Nomthandazo Mandoyi shares her one-roomed shack with 13 other family members in eMaxelegwini Informal Settlement, Mdantsane NU1. None of them have paid work.

Tough times for small town blighted by mine closure

2017-05-29 10:11

At the end of a narrow road stands the dilapidated husk of a golf clubhouse, now overrun with tall weeds and creepers, a reminder of better times for the once booming mining town of Blyvooruitzicht.

Our husbands' money is gone

2017-04-30 06:00

The six cows that Lesiba left to his widow Daphney Manganyi and their two children are the only things standing between the family and starvation.

How a criminal record becomes a life sentence

2017-03-17 08:01

A DVD player, sound system and three chocolates stand in the way of Denzil Bailey having the opportunity to earn an honest living.

From cash to cake: News24 readers reach out to grant-dependent family

2017-02-22 09:28

From birthday cakes to monetary donations, News24 readers have dug deep to help a Cape Town family surviving solely on R1 050 a month in government grants.

How R1 050 keeps a grant-dependent family going

2017-02-20 11:49

The Plaatjies, along with 45.5% of South African households, are dependent on government social grants, which are available to families with a combined monthly income of R7 000 or less.

ANC Limpopo backs Van Rooyen on pro-poor bank

2017-02-14 16:03

The ANC in Limpopo has called on the provincial government to establish a pro-poor bank because poor people struggle to secure finance at major banks.


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.

US among world's worst for youth well-being

2017-06-15 08:01

One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a Unicef that put the US and New Zealand among the world's worst performers for youth well-being.

No time for emergencies

2017-05-07 06:01

SA’s grandmothers are breadwinners in their old age, and their inability to access decent healthcare quickly impacts on their children, grandchildren and their entire communities. Health-e News’ Kim Harrisberg reports.

Starving to send kids to school

2017-04-30 05:59

Impoverished Mpumalanga parents spent R300 for their children to be transported 30km away to attend better-performing schools in Gauteng.

'People would die if grants stopped' - KZN family surviving on R850 foster care grant

2017-02-23 10:11

Rhoda Ntombenhle Khoza of Durban uses a monthly R850 foster care grant to look after her nephew and niece, and says people would die if grant payments stopped.

'To people dustbins smell bad. To me they smell of money.'

2017-02-20 13:55

Thembisile Kubheka lives by collecting waste material for recycling from the suburban dustbins of Springs.

Low-income kids more likely to have asthma

2017-02-15 10:59

Asthma is more prominent among children from low-income areas while autism is more often diagnosed among children from higher-income families, a new study finds.

Khayelitsha soup kitchen feeds dozens weekly

2017-02-08 11:06

Every week dozens of people come for a meal at Maureen Mabanga’s Khayelitsha soup kitchen, supplied with SA food that retailers and manufacturers consider waste, but which is still edible.

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