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.

This shoe brand is selling R7597 taped-together sneakers - why it's a horrible idea

2018-09-21 14:21

“There are people in the world wearing plastic bags as shoes because they can’t afford any.”

Beat poverty by investing in young people - Bill and Melinda Gates

2018-09-18 20:56

Research from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shows that part of reducing extreme poverty in Africa involves investment in the health and education of young people.

'Recession? Not so fast' - David Mabuza

2018-09-12 16:54

Deputy President David Mabuza told Members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon that South Africa was on the cusp of recovering from the economic difficulties that triggered the latest technical recession.

Living life below the breadline

2018-08-19 10:09

Noluvuyo Jukucwana (33) and her husband Mnoneleli (42) depend on the child support grants they receive for their five children to make ends meet.


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.

The Gates Foundation says a wave of progress rippling through China and India could slash poverty in Africa — if women lead the way

2018-09-19 10:40

Now, some of the foundation's health focus is shifting to baby-making.

7 things Treasury, Parliament must consider as they expand the list of zero-VAT items

2018-09-13 05:45

This year's increase in the VAT rate is the cost poor South Africans are paying for State Capture, Parliament's oversight committee on finance has heard.


2018-09-01 06:55

A DESPERATE mum who sold her six-week-old baby bust herself after confessing all to her pastor.

World Bank: Contributory pension fund could help SA's poor

2018-08-14 19:17

The World Bank has proposed a contributory pension fund, as a way to redistribute wealth and help SA's poor acquire financial assets.

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