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World Bank data indicates that South Africa has the highest level of inequality in the world when it was compared to 149 other countries. According to the WB, more than half of the country live below the national poverty line and the chronically poor group is almost exclusively made up of black and coloured South Africans. These statistics are shocking, but probably not that surprising for people who live in South Africa where shacks right next to modern highways and people begging on the street is part of our daily lives. The debate in South Africa on land expropriation has centred on the premise that poverty among blacks in South Africa is the result of white domination of land ownership resulting from apartheid policies. Anthea Jeffery however argues in this article in the Daily Friend that the ANC’s drive supported by the Economic Freedom Fighters to allow for land expropriation without compensation “has nothing to do with ending poverty” and that global examples of ‘Great Escapes” from poverty indicates a different formula to achieve poverty alleviation. – Linda van Tilburg
The EWC Bill and the ‘Great Escape’ from poverty
By Anthea Jeffery*
“The government will never pass a law which people have raised rational points against,” pledged Nathi Mthethwa, minister sports, arts, and culture in November 2019. That pledge needs to be printed out in crimson letters a metre high and attached to every parliamentary committee room and legislative chamber in Parliament so that MPs can always have this ‘writing on the wall’ readily available to them.
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
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