South Africa's Economic Inequality Gets Worse Long After Apartheid

Today in post-apartheid South Africa, the disparity in education, skill, and income still continues. Recently released World Bank reports shows that the gap is not only widening, it is intergenerational. A country where more than half of the population already lives in poverty, and a further 27% of the population live in a state of susceptibility to poverty, South Africans in the top-earning income bracket earn nearly five times more than the average low skilled jobs.

The middle class has particularly suffered from South African economy’s inability to create new jobs. Most of the new jobs are in the services sector, while low-skill agriculture and manufacturing jobs are on the decline. Unemployment disproportionally affects black South Africans, perpetuating apartheid’s inequality.


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