Land reform fiasco should keep us all awake at night, not just failing farmers

2016-12-08 18:37

The government must take measures to make sure redistributed land is used productively instead of simply acquiring land for redistribution, say two analysts.

Mailbox: Educating our way out of poverty

2016-11-28 19:12

An analyst presents a data-based argument for bold steps to redress inherited wealth disparities from our colonial and apartheid eras, mostly through boosting education.

Keep your chins up – we’ve come a long way SA! – Pennington

2016-11-23 11:34

A new report shows how far we’ve come in 22 years of democry - read this If corruption and cronyism is tipping you towards believing SA is going to hell in a handbasket.

Blind man walks 3km to fetch water

2016-11-17 09:18

A blind man from Elandskop in Pietermaritzburg has to walk 3km to fetch water for himself and his mentally disabled sister.

Some good news from Mozambique: poverty levels have been reduced

2016-11-14 18:07

Mozambique has made significant progress in its fight against poverty despite recent economic and political challenges, writes Channing Arndt.

Stroke risk higher in poor neighbourhoods?

2016-11-03 13:39

New research suggests that women and men of all races in the poorest neighbourhoods were more likely to suffer a stroke than those in richer areas.

Two-week Pollsmoor wait for chocolate stealing dad

2016-10-06 15:19

Two weeks awaiting trial in Pollsmoor Prison and a R400 fine - that is the fate of an unemployed dad from Wynberg who stole 27 chocolates from Checkers Hyper to sell for cash.

Report: Children suffer most from extreme poverty

2016-10-04 06:29

New report by the World Bank Group and UNICEF says that nearly one fifth of children in the world's developing countries are living in extreme poverty

Mining companies are running SA - mining communities

2016-09-15 06:06

People living in mining towns across the country say the government has failed to protect them and is instead allowing mining companies to run the country.

Women, not BEE, key to breaking poverty cycle - Dawie Roodt

2016-08-19 14:43

Instead of focusing on BEE, government should put more emphasis on educating and supporting girls from poor households to break the cycle of poverty, says an economist.


Ramaphosa: R3 500 not a living or decent wage, but it's a start

2016-12-07 19:17

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged R3 500 is neither a living wage nor a decent one, but it’s a good launching pad from where wages can be pulled up.

Time to stop cheating the poor

2016-11-27 06:34

Decent work should not be a concept hidden in government documents, writes Gugulethu Mhlungu.

R3 500 pay below poverty wage - NGO

2016-11-22 06:56

A national minimum wage proposal of R3 500 – if divided by the average number of people in a typical South African household – is below the current poverty wage.

We doubt he will change anything - Alex residents on Zuma's visit

2016-11-15 12:29

While some residents of in Alexandra have expressed joy that President Jacob Zuma is going to visit after recent flash floods, others say his presence won't make a difference.

Graduate Ntokozo Qwabe details struggle as a poor, black student

2016-11-11 07:25

A student activist with multiple university degrees has described how his opportunities as a child prodigy almost slipped through his fingers because he could not afford fees.

Stroke risk higher in poor neighbourhoods?

2016-11-03 13:14

New research suggests that women and men of all races in the poorest neighbourhoods were more likely to suffer a stroke than those in richer areas.

Only 1% growth will mean 80 000 jobs for SA - Zuma

2016-10-06 07:45

A 1% economic growth rate for South Africa will translate into over 80 000 jobs, while 3% will enable the country to create over 300 000 jobs, says President Jacob Zuma.

South Africans mired in misery but still more upbeat than 2004

2016-09-19 12:23

The South African Misery Index is expected to rise to a seven-year high in 2016 against the backdrop of weak economic growth and high unemployment, says KPMG.

Mystery grant deductions leave destitute mother with R20

2016-09-12 09:44

Thousands of grant beneficiaries go home each month with less money than they should because of unauthorised or illegal deductions for loans, airtime, electricity and other services.

Minimum wage would cut poverty and boost growth in SA

2016-08-03 06:53

Establishing a national minimum wage in South Africa will benefit the country by addressing working poverty and high levels of inequality, says Gilad Isaacs.

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