In the Media

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.


SALDRU wins bid to run the fifth wave of NIDS

NIDS smallSALDRU has won the bid to run the 5th Wave of the National Income Dynamics Study. It will commence in June of this year, with piloting starting in October. Fieldwork will take place in 2017, with public release of the data expected early in the third quarter of 2018. For the first time, the sample will be refreshed by adding up to 5000 new households to ensure NIDS remains racially representative of the country for many waves to come. In the meantime, public release of the data up to Wave 4 will take place in May this year with a two day launch event in Pretoria.


SALDRU newsletter, April 2016

newsletter-april2016The latest newsletter is now available. It includes details on recent and upcoming training and activities taking place within SALDRU, publications, journal articles, book chapters and policy briefs by SALDRU Researchers and Associates and links to media articles which refer to SALDRU work. 

Seminar Series

The next seminar will take place on 4 May 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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