Many South Africans don’t understand how exactly their incomes compare to each other nor do we have any idea where we are in the income distribution. To bring some clarity to this question, SALDRU has developed an income comparison tool that allows people to compare their incomes and see how rich or poor they are in comparison to each other.
So, how rich exactly are South Africa’s (SA's) top earners? It’s hard to tell, but the tax data for the years 2011 and 2014 was made available to us, so we dove in and discovered a few nuggets of information about SA’s millionaire class. PhD candidate, Janina Hundenborn, shared data on those earning above R10 million annually, as she talked about the effect of top incomes on inequality in SA at a SALDRU seminar.
A/Prof. Malcolm Keswell, Lead-Principal Investigator on SALDRU’s Land Restitution Evaluation Study (LRES) provides commentary about the generators of poverty in a striking new documentary directed by Dr. Siona O’ Connell. The documentary, Uitgesmyt, draws attention to the question of forced evictions in rural areas during the apartheid era. Watch the trailer.
The second batch of students from the “Postgraduate Diploma in Survey Data Analysis for Development” graduated in April 2018. DataFirst, SALDRU and the UCT School of Economics offers this one-year full time or two-year part time Post-Graduate Diploma in Survey Data Analysis for Development.
Murray Leibbrandt joined 72 of the world’s leading economists at the Paris School of Economics to examine income and wealth inequality in a workshop that sought to review different methodological approaches and establish data collection and production standards among different research groups.