How to permanently escape poverty

2019-05-21 08:59

A prominent school of thought suggests lump-sum cash payments, or even a job, as a means to assist those living in poverty. But recent research suggests neither of these offer a permanent solution.

Solving poverty about innovation, not a resource issue - expert

2019-03-28 19:24

Solving poverty is an innovation challenge and not a resource issue, according to a tech entrepreneur speaking at Africa Tech Week.

Gloria Matsala walks 10km to wait for work on the side of the road. This month she earned R100

2019-01-31 07:12

Gloria Matsala walks more than 10km each morning from her home in Benoni to the upmarket Brakpan suburb where she waits on the side of the road in the hope of being picked up for a day of domestic work.

Living between unused train tracks: 'I will make this shack my home and beautify it with a plastic flower'

2019-01-24 07:47

Sonwabo Simayile laughed out loud when one of his new neighbours living between the train tracks at Philippi train station quipped that they were so poor, they were going off the rails.

Macron: Poor people must just stop 'messing around'

2019-01-15 18:05

French President Emmanuel Macron says some poor people are "doing the right thing", but others are "just messing around".

Johann Rupert is not an aberration but the norm

2018-12-13 11:54

The tendency to use the black middle class as a way of assessing the socio-economic conditions of South Africa is misleading because the middle class is a minority and does not reflect the entire populace, writes Mcebo Dlamini.

Cape Town grapples with rising homelessness as economy flags

2018-11-18 21:45

The Safe Space is a pilot facility that provides a secure place for a growing army of destitute in a city that attracts millions of tourists to its beaches, views and Table Mountain.

Nearly half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day: World Bank

2018-10-17 18:13

Despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, nearly half the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day, with a rising share of the poor in wealthier economies, the World Bank has said.


2018-10-06 09:00

IT’S a story of going from rags to riches – and then back to rags again.

Scrap metal yards: 'The people’s bank'

2018-09-26 06:17

As unemployment grows, scrap metal dealers have increased. By 08:00 people are queueing at scrap yards in Ekhurhuleni, bringing scrap metal to sell.


Feeding PMB’s poor

2019-05-07 15:30

With many South Africans living in poverty, local welfare organisations have urged businesses and individuals to extend a helping hand to the poor.

PICTURES: Abandoned Woodstock hospital becomes home to 700 people

2019-03-16 12:45

Once disused and abandoned, 700 people now call the large state-owned Woodstock Hospital on Mountain Road home.

Half of the world's poor people live in these 5 countries

2019-01-30 08:18

These countries are the most populous countries of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the two regions that together account for 85% (629 million) of the world’s poor.

Responsible consumption and production: Why less is better

2019-01-19 08:00

At our current levels of consumption, we are already using up more resources than what the earth can replace. This will only increase in the coming years, writes Doris Viljoen.

Blind ambition - busker's decade of gospel on a Cape Town street corner

2018-12-23 08:43

For 10 years, the blind woman has occupied the same corner of St George’s Mall in Cape Town, singing gospel songs and church hymns from early in the morning until the bustling streets of the CBD becomes quiet.

Female scrap collectors put their lives at risk to make money

2018-12-11 05:20

Nomvalo village has become home to a number of women who sleep out in the open as they wait for trucks to take them where they can sell scrap metal.

More women and girls than ever before in Africa are making the voluntary choice to use contraception in their everyday lives

2018-11-16 12:19

Better family planning can break the cycle of poverty and drive new economic growth.

Rounda initiative to use 'small change' to tackle poverty in SA

2018-10-10 10:48

An ambitious initiative by the Nikela Charity Funding and Development Trust wants to get all South Africans to contribute to social upliftment in the country, R1 at a time.

Drone photos of Mumbai reveal the places where extreme poverty meets extreme wealth

2018-10-02 16:44

There is a stark contrast between crammed single-story dwellings and high-rises.

Survey of 104 countries says 1.3 billion live in poverty

2018-09-21 18:13

A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are living in poverty – including 662 million children.

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