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Mar 18 2010 15:35

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Pretoria - Black ownership of companies listed on the JSE has increased to 23.8%, trade union Solidarity said on Thursday.

This figure included the number of black people that owned financial products like insurance policies, investments, pension funds, loans and annuities, head of Solidarity's research institute Johan Kruger said.

He was speaking at the release of the union's SA Transformation Monitor in Pretoria. Kruger said this number was expected to double in the next two years.

This "remarkable" increase of ownership of listed companies and products by blacks showed the implementation and creation of black economic empowerment had already created significant benefits.

"Black ownership was at 23.8% in 2008, compared to five percent in 1993... This is expected to increase to as much as 24 percent in 2012."

Referring to black economic empowerment, Kruger said the past had already taught South Africa an important lesson about the "unfair advancement of certain citizens".

"The unfair advancement of citizens and the unfair limitation of the rights of others, without any reasonable and acceptable justification is a recipe for conflict."

Data used for the research was acquired from financial institution Cazenova, the SA Reserve Bank and Who Owns Who South Africa, among others.

Kruger said they decided to conduct the research because of certain groups who believed the well being of blacks had not really improved.

- Sapa

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