SA inequality concerning - Mo Ibrahim

2013-08-17 18:30

Pretoria - The gap between rich and poor in South Africa is of great concern, philanthropist Mo Ibrahim said on Saturday.

"After [nearly] 20 years of independence, one can ask 'what is going on here?'. South Africa is the most unequal country in the whole world," he said.

Ibrahim was delivering an annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Pretoria.

He said the country's land policy and the willing seller willing buyer principle should be revisited.

"Isn't it time to find an equitable solution within the Constitution? This is an important issue that needs serious attention."

BEE policy

It was also time to re-visit the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy to see whether it had achieved what it had set out to do.

"Did it [BEE] bridge the gap between the rich and the poor? We need to have a conversation on that for the sake of social cohesion."

Ibrahim said that half of the continent's population was below the age of 19.

African youth could become the best in the future in terms of production.

This was because the population of countries such as China and many European countries were ageing, Ibrahim said.

"But to do that, we need good education and training to equip these youngsters for the future. Through that, Africa can become the future factory of the world."

The African Index of Governance published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, showed that South Africa moved from 31st position out of 54 African countries in 2000 to 22 last year.

The index measures the African countries' performance in terms of governance.

South Africa showed great improvement, but still needed to do more, he said.

  • MJS1234 - 2013-08-17 18:38

    Education, education, education. That's what we need. This country is full with amazing youngsters, we shouldn't lower the standard but double it, push them to achieve and realise that through hard work anything is possible!!!

      Darren Raath - 2013-08-17 19:08

      I think we need a miracle!

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-08-17 20:35

      Agreed but that will take another 20yrs to bear fruit. Meanwhile we sit with 75% 0f 19-35's unemployable. This is our future govt, the people who are supposed to contribute to the fiscus so that things like pensions and State Grants, roads and medical are financed. The biggest single generator of revenue (mining) has dwindled from 65% GDP to around 9%. There are no industries to replace that. We're being outwitted and outplayed by other emerging markets and our unemployment stats will just keep climbing. As will all the ills that already plague us.

      Malefo Kitsenyane - 2013-08-17 22:42

      What are the chances of our country prospering if the finance, economic development as well as trade and industry ministers are all communists who still can't accept that china only uses communism to keep the population in the straight and narrow!!!!!

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-08-17 18:52

    Under ANC the gap will keep on widening

  • Isaiah Baloyi - 2013-08-17 18:53

    Lets stop the blame game here.Its not helping at all.The question is what are we doing about it as blacks,do we sit on our butts and do nothing and think the gov will come to our rescue,the thing is us black South Africans think that we are entitled to everything,we dont want to stand up and do things,we always want handouts,that will not change our situation.Go to the townships right now,its saturday,what you will find is a sorry state of our youth,they are in shebeens getting drunk.Yes I agree,the playing fields are not level,but we need to wake up and smell the coffee,work twice as hard as our white collegues.Then we will be successful.Where I work,I dont earn the same as my white counterpart,they earn more than me,yet we do the same job,but I dont moan and go about striking and breaking things cos this will not help me.

      Jack Phakathi - 2013-08-17 19:05

      So who do you blame for the binge drinking youth?

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-08-17 19:34

      Binge-drinking, drug-taking youth are doing this because they have no hope. It isn't just money that's been stolen from the people, along with that went a lot of people's chances at "a better life for all". The travesty is that countless generations before them sacrificed their futures so that today's youth could have one. We cannot be surprised that they are wondering what it was all for.

      FinalJustice - 2013-08-17 21:57

      Please tell me who you work for @Isaiah, "Where I work, I don't earn the same as my white counterpart,they earn more than me, yet we do the same job,but..." I'd like to know why your satisfied with this situation? And then I'd like to give your boss a call and set the record straight.

  • Wilhelm Grobbelaar - 2013-08-17 19:02

    So says a person that is rich and also contribute to inequality.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-08-17 19:08

    Why not pose this question to Luthuli house. The ANC are most equipped to answer to this dilemma.

  • Nthokolose Puleng Marope - 2013-08-17 19:09

    Mo we are aware of that, so come with a solution rather than just play the blame game. We are tired with this so called academics and what what which critisis daily but not giving any suggestion to solve the problems. Its an open secret that the Anc is weak, so now its upto us as citezens to unite and build this country.

      Dee Bone - 2013-08-17 19:26

      @Puleng. He is just being politically correct and this is wasting time. We are doomed when we vote ANC and they delivered Zuma and Malema. Next election....ANC or EFF. malema or Zuma Defies logic

      Malefo Kitsenyane - 2013-08-17 22:56

      Puleng you are saying it's up to you to build the country but you starting off a very weak base if you expect someone else to bring you solutions. . . No one but yourself will take you out of your misery!!!

  • Dee Bone - 2013-08-17 19:11

    tired of people who can even think of voting for people like zuma and juliarse. I totally quit and give up. EFF them all. Seriously. EFF them. They deserve all they get (or don't get)

  • Oom Kosie - 2013-08-17 19:13

    South Africa is not the most unequal country in the world, point. I do not know why this myth is being perpetuated and why News24 does not set the record straight with their reporting.

      Jack Phakathi - 2013-08-17 19:27

      Good point,what indicators are they using? The richest people in Africa are in Nigeria and Angola.

      Oom Kosie - 2013-08-17 19:33

      @Jack, they use the Gini Coefficient, which measures the wealth gap between the richest people in a country and the poorest people. Their is sufficient information on the internet should anyone wants to compare any country in the world with SA, it also appears, that in spite of millionsvof people receiving welfare grants of billions, Stats SA has not adjusted our Gini, although other agencies have done this. It is there for all to see, incouding mr. Mo Ebrahim and any journalist worth his salt.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-08-17 19:36

      The government has all the power and the people have none. Not quite the Democratic Utopia after all.

  • Sefako Mokgalaka - 2013-08-17 19:16

    First we need accountable government, then ethical leadership. Everyone needs to get involved including the private sector. The government needs to use an educational model that works even if it is a foreign model. Get people with skills to audit land ownership and manage the movement thereof.

      MJS1234 - 2013-08-17 19:23

      Great comment!

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-08-17 19:37

    The government has gotten itself in a big pot of soup.We can't be a solution to every country.Our energy is not spent on SA issues.

      Jeff Baxter - 2013-08-17 23:32

      very well said. we are currently carrying the burden of mass illegal immigration, by unskilled non-taxpayers who sap our economy while giving nothing back.

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2013-08-17 19:51

    If Zum can go on holiday and spend all that money to go down the road. I am not interested in this crap either,just like him..

  • Jacqueline Berman - 2013-08-17 20:06

    South Africa is not the only country in the world where there is a big gap between rich and poor. In South America for example - one will find this problem - yet Argentina and Brazil are democratic and also conduct a principle of willing buyer and willing seller. This so call erudite gentleman is rather narrow minded or following a communist philosophy obviously! far from being democratic.

      Jeff Baxter - 2013-08-17 23:21

      very well said.bee has made a select few VERY rich but has caused our brain drain. mo shd get gov,m,t to manage without corruption and nepotism and encourage investment and thereby jobs. redistribution of farmland has been a disaster.

  • Bennie Smith Snr - 2013-08-17 21:02

    This does not sound right. But if more than half the population is under 19, if the study hard they will do better with entrepreneurship, than BEE?

  • Johan_Swart - 2013-08-17 21:12

    mmmh Mo , that is a dang fine suit you are wearing

  • Musa Mbekezeli Molula M-cube - 2013-08-17 21:46

    What is use of all the policies if they are not used in a right manner .....20 years is enough for change maybe the is something wrong with our government

      Malefo Kitsenyane - 2013-08-17 22:23

      If the policies are good then the government is bad so do the right thing and change it!!!!

  • Tony van Niekerk - 2013-08-17 22:04

    Firstly, not denying we have a mega gap between rich and poor, I caution against using statistics in an isolated manner. When making speeches people use statistics that will bring across the point they are trying to make, in line with their agenda. There are numerous ways of comparing South Africa's socio-dynamics. For example: What percentage of the population lives with less that $2 per day - 10.2% (Nigeria 50%, Malawi 44%, Madagascar 60.5%, Mali 50.1, Mozambique 42.9 etc) Paints a totally different picture. Furthermore, when considering the Gini stats one should take into account that half the countries on the list is not rated, for various reasons.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-08-17 22:17

      Statistics sell! Especially in the run-up to an election. It's another way of deflecting attention from the gargantuan failures. It's another way of ensuring The Alliance will continue to rule.

  • Amir Iftikhar Warraich - 2013-08-17 22:34

    South Africa is a beacon of economic hope is the government can improve the standard of governance. Corruption and crime are two of the most negative denominators against more investments and trade.

  • Sikhumbuzo Mabena - 2013-08-17 22:51

    Only if JZ would listen!

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