New data released by Stats SA shows that poverty is on the rise in South Africa, with over 30.4 million South Africans living below the poverty line.
Statistician-General at Stats SA, Dr Pali Lehohla says without the grant that the government is affording South Africans the situation would've been worse that it is currently.
The mission of alleviating poverty through these systems have been significant.— Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
When incidents such as drought and economic stresses occur people rapidly run back into poverty.— Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
Although the systems have been significant and impactful it shows that they are not sufficient to drive South Africa out of poverty.— Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
Lehohla says there are trends in the South African society which are influencing the level of poverty as a result of a society that is unable to fend for itself.
He says these trends seem to be long term as they produce and reproduce poverty. He speaks about unemployment and lack of education as some of these trends.
He says that unemployment increased by 12% between 2011 and 2015 which shows that it is accelerating rapidly.
More than half of our driver of poverty is unemployment combined with lack of education.— Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General
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