few illustrations of the dimensions of inequality that are as explicit as the
education system in South Africa. The basic education system is made up of the
large-volume public education system and the much smaller, but rather impactful
private education system.
The public education system, under the custody of the Department of Basic Education, caters for millions of pupils on an annual basis.
South Africa's socioeconomic dynamics being what they are, the system caters not only for the educational needs of pupils, but also provides what - in many cases - ends up being the only nutritious meal of the day.