- Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke has revealed the latest data on inequality in South Africa
- The report revealed that while inequality had decreased for Indian and white citizens, it had increased for black and coloured individuals
- African-headed households were reported to have the lowest amount of access to medical aid and the lowest wages
Stats SA has released the 'Inequality Trends' report which confirmed that inequality is still rife in South Africa.
Notably, the report found that black African-headed homes had the least access to private healthcare and lower wages.
Homes in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo had the larger share of chronically poor families.
Inequality had decreased for white and Indian South Africans, while their black and coloured counterparts endured an increase:
“Whites, in contrast, earned substantially higher wages than all other population groups. Their monthly average real earnings were more than three times higher than those of black Africans. Females were less likely to be employed and earned approximately 30% less on average as compared to males."
70% of the nation's income came from the labour market, with the sector noted as the main driver of income inequality in the country.
Social grants continued to play a huge role in minimising the income gap between the bottom and top deciles.
On a national scale, school attendance had increased with Limpopo accounting for the highest proportion of learners.
With the exception of the Western Cape and Gauteng, more than 90% of learners benefited from state-funded nutrition programmes.
There was a significant increase in the number of public school students who benefited from the 'no-fee' policy.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had dubbed South Africa as the country with the highest levels of inequality globally.
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