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If ever you’d wondered what the hard facts are behind South Africa having the largest income gap between the rich and the poor in the entire world, then reading the piece below has the potential to re-calibrate your views on the matter entirely. 

It’s a data-based argument for bold steps to redress the wealth disparities inherited from our colonial and apartheid eras, mostly through boosting education, which has been scientifically proven to be one of the greatest contributors to increased income levels. 

Here’s an encouraging teaser; from 1993 to 2012, the black middle class grew by 1300% to an estimated 4.2 million adults, but while the wealth base of black South Africans has increased in leaps and bounds, most of the black population is still trapped well below the middle-class income definitions, very often living in extreme poverty.

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