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Africa Check: Are there more than 400 000 poor whites in South Africa?

19 April 2016  |  EWN

With a picture spread, the UK Mail Online documented the “squalid conditions” of South Africa’s “white squatter camps” earlier this year. The people in these pictures, from a squatter camp in Munsieville in Gauteng province, are part of a group of “more than 400,000 white South Africans [who] are thought to live in poverty”, according to the Mail Online. Is the figure correct? In short, the answer is no. Data from Statistics South Africa’s 2010/2011 Income and Expenditure Survey showed that 42,115 white people lived below the official upper bound poverty line of R779 per person per month. When using a higher poverty line - which some researchers argue is more appropriate - the estimate increased to 82,573.

 

HIV testing rates and the effectiveness of awareness campaigns

18 April 2016  |  HCP live

In a recent publication co-authored by SALDRU Researcher, Brendan Maughan-Brown, titled Changes in self-reported HIV testing during South Africa’s 2010/2011 national testing campaign: gains and shortfalls the researchers examined data from parts of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) in South Africa and found that providing mass HIV testing can be an effective way to get more people tested, and noted that geographic and socio-economic factors have an impact on such programs. Read more.

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Inequality - Middle Class - Workshop

Cape Town, 4-6 May 2016

Townhouse Hotel, 60 Corporation Street, Cape Town

Against the background of a renewed interest in the impact of the distribution of income and wealth on socioeconomic development, this Workshop will focus on the potential of an emerging middle class in Africa to foster inclusive growth and play a transformative socio-political role in their respective countries.

The workshop is organized by the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and SALDRU. It is directed at researchers, policy makers, development practitioners, and bilateral and multilateral institutions. It will provide a space to present current research results, structure the debate and exchange ideas between research and policy making, and deliberate on joint strategies for a more integrated approach to the understanding of middle class formation, its segmentation, as well as its political and social orientations.

The workshop will start with a Public Debate on South Africa's Black Middle Class on the evening of this Wednesday, the 4th of May. There will be two thematic parallel sessions with paper presentations on each of the 5th and 6th of May, and a poster session. In addition, two interactive formats will allow for dialogue, input and collaboration of all participants. 

The programme is available here

Note that last minute registration can be done directly at the event

Seminar Series

The next seminar will take place on Wednesday 1 June 2016. Details to follow.

Other Writing

Econ3x3 Brief: The inequality of space: What to do?

Pippa Green

Econ3x3 Brief: How much is inequality reduced by progressive taxation and government spending?

Ingrid Woolard, Rebecca Metz, Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig and Mashekwa Maboshe

World Bank working paper: The distributional impact of fiscal policy in South Africa

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig, Mashekwa Maboshe, Catriona Purfield and Ingrid Woolard

Econ3x3 Brief: Tax(i)ing the poor? Commuting costs in South Africa

Andrew Kerr

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