Growing poverty in SA

Growing poverty in SA

2015-02-03 14:39

Johannesburg - The number of South Africans living in poverty has increased since 2010, Statistics SA said on Tuesday.

In 2010, 20% of South Africa's population fell below the poverty line, statistician general Pali Lehohla said in Johannesburg, at the release of a report on poverty.

This had increased to 21.5% in 2014, he said.

Five years ago, it cost an average South African R321 per month to buy food with the recommended energy requirements. This had increased to R355 in 2014.

"The same is true for the austere poverty line, which stipulates the threshold below which one has to sacrifice some food to obtain some basic non-food items," Lehohla said.

These items included airtime and transportation costs.

"This line is revised upwards from R441 to R501, per person per month," Lehohla said.

While the cost of living had gone up, South Africa still fared much better than other countries.

According to the Stats SA report, the country's food poverty line translated to $2.34 (about R26) per person per day.

This was almost double the international line for extreme poverty, at $1.25 (about R14) per person per day.

"This means that, on average, South Africans are enjoying relatively higher living standards compared to many populations across the world that live below $1.25 per day," Lehohla said.

Stats SA prepared the report to help government departments and other public agencies determine how much money was spent on social grants and the access people had to free government services.

Wazimap, a South African-based tool by Media Monitoring Africa, shows some interesting stats about South Africa:

  • Fuel Ity - 2015-02-03 14:47

    Why is there poverty in RSA ......because of the love of useless paper, buying crap that you do not need, the top boys want more and more and more, destroying and exhausting natural resources. Stuff your faces with crap that the human body do not need in the first place. Destroy common sense, nanny state mentality must I go on.....

  • Kirsty Prinsloo - 2015-02-03 14:48

    The masses become poorer while those in power become richer while still stealing from those who vote them in power.

  • Samuel Koanaite - 2015-02-03 14:48

    a finger should be pointed one way: Zuma

      Theo Marx - 2015-02-03 15:17

      Yes, they should have create his own little blue bar to the far right of that income scale :)

  • Billy Andrew Croucamp - 2015-02-03 14:49

    Why don't "stats S.A." put out something worth while... as in service delivery stats..i.e those with and without jobs, no electricity, no food, no water.. that will show how poor we are all getting under the anc umbrella ??

  • Tyronne Jardim - 2015-02-03 14:52

    War is coming ......poverty will be used to fuel it.....

  • Charl Pelser - 2015-02-03 14:52

    Also taking into acount the people who do not want to work.They are the majority of people living in poverty..Its sad that there is work if they get up off their butts and do something

  • Petrus LeRoux - 2015-02-03 14:54

    Lack of proper world class education = poverty benchmark education levels of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Germany against SA, there is your proof and oh yes, lack of education also creates a poor useless government, Zuma and his cronies is living proof there off

      Theo Marx - 2015-02-03 15:19

      No, you are wrong, in a way. Lack of quality education is the only thing keeping the ANC in power.

      C'est moi - 2015-02-03 21:11

      Are they uneducated or ineducable ???

  • Soozy Matwete - 2015-02-03 14:54

    How is that possible? ANC government said they are going to create jobs, etc. more than 20 years passed since then.,by now every singly person in South Africa should have a job, a house, free water, electricity, service delivery, and no more dust roads. Not? Zuma failed as persident? Noooooo!

      Lesley Clarke - 2015-02-03 15:24

      Surely if everyone had a job they wouldn't need to have free anything

      Theo Marx - 2015-02-03 15:30

      I think they only promised all these things for themselves

      Soozy Matwete - 2015-02-03 15:30

      Exactly Leslie. It shows that Zuma failed and he lied to the majority of SA who believed his cheap talk.

  • Michael Heys - 2015-02-03 14:56

    why has our Government never promoted birth control or family planning?It is pretty obvious that you will be poorer with eight kids than you will be with only two. The world is already over populated and struggling to produce enough food for its inhabitants.

      Petrus LeRoux - 2015-02-03 15:01

      It's against people's human raaaits to stop them from breeding, but nothing is said about the rights of children born directly into poverty

      C'est moi - 2015-02-03 21:16

      No dear, in South Africa you will be richer with eight kids because of the grant that the taxpayer gets milked for - Lots of money and eight more unproductives to vote ANC.

      JohnnoBfree - 2015-02-06 14:03

      Usually the man disappears leaving the woman to raise the kid. Most often the grandparents end up bringing the child up.

  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2015-02-03 14:58

    Industrial revolution and agricultural development might assist

      Theo Marx - 2015-02-03 15:21

      Even easier. Less corruption will mean more money to create more jobs.

      Sean Wolf - 2015-02-03 21:08

      @Junior - You are confused !!

  • Dan Danukdhari - 2015-02-03 14:59

    Is this the good story you have to tell Sir

  • Hennie Barnard - 2015-02-03 15:02

    But millions of foreigners are making a living here. The problem is the people they are the reaso they are poor. If a foreigner can come here with no support network and make money or steal your job, maybe you should take a hard look at yourself.

  • Lars Nielsen - 2015-02-03 15:10

    Intresting stats .bt when are we going to face the invitable and start talking about population explosion and control.If we keep growing as we do now things can only get worse . . .!

  • Azola Azor - 2015-02-03 15:12

    The way i see it this just the beginning ,worst is yet to come.poor ANC.

      C'est moi - 2015-02-03 21:20

      Naah ... ANC top dogs will laugh all the way to the bank - worse to come for the poor more intelligent and productive taxpayers

  • Stephen Michael661 - 2015-02-03 15:13

    Imagine what the 700billion that has dissapeared to corruption could have done...

  • Ike Jakson - 2015-02-03 15:14

    This is the real South Africa. I agree with the view that we must look at our situation; comparisons with other countries are warping the reality. Let’s have more of this and more statistics. Excellent Article!

  • Shelby Anderson - 2015-02-03 15:14

    And if asked to, 65% of the population would go to the polls tomorrow and vote for poverty again.

      Anthony Gold - 2015-02-03 20:15

      So true. What a stupid bunch of pathetic idiots. I'm beginning to experience feelings of hate towards them. I'm a born free and have never felt this way before. How long until we snap and start to bring back apartheid. It's value is starting to become clearer in protecting the small segments of society that truly care for their environment and well-being.... It will be easy to achieve because the majority of black south africans seem to be so easily brain washed.

  • Theo Marx - 2015-02-03 15:19

    Now that's a good story to tell!

  • Samuel Koanaite - 2015-02-03 15:20

    just a week ago their salaries were increased

  • John Tribelhorn - 2015-02-03 15:20


  • Karen Nel - 2015-02-03 15:20

    But they can pay R3m for Senzo's funeral???

  • Katje Evony - 2015-02-03 15:25

    Let us here at home share all the wealth there is, all South Africans get the same amount of money, within a week you get once again rich and poor. If you don't use the talent you received, you will get nowhere, use your skills and you can become rich. Nobody has to be poor, just willing to work hard.

      Theo Marx - 2015-02-03 15:33

      Easier said than done. Then you wont have any engineers, doctors or even miners. Everyone would want to do the easiest job as the reward would be the same.

      Shirley Solomon - 2015-02-03 15:37


  • Matthew Patrick - 2015-02-03 15:27

    The increase can mainly be attributable to one person, and if he took the R246m and used it in an ethical manner it would've helped massively.

      Shawn Truter - 2015-02-03 20:35

      Don't for get his henchmen at eskom

  • Maria Ferreira - 2015-02-03 15:53

    The beginning of worse things to come. Do not blame God, blame Zuma who thinks he is God.

  • Brendan Cluley - 2015-02-03 16:02

    Eish but e-anc e-stole R700 billion in 20 years. No sympathy at all.

  • Skoppienaai Sewinduit - 2015-02-03 16:21

    All these EXCELLENT stories to tell! #ProudlybroughtbyANC

  • Ria Cook - 2015-02-03 16:23

    "Growing poverty" is not the problem. Growing the population is the real problem.

      C'est moi - 2015-02-03 21:28

      Every generation the general IQ drops - More intelligent people have less offspring while the stupid lower classes breed like rabbits to produce more of the same.

  • David Hawkins - 2015-02-03 16:30

    Now!!, enjoy the fun of slimming with increased poverty brought to by the ANC, makers of the Escom cockup, allowing you to enjoy candlelit washing up and sweaty nights, builders of presidential compounds, with money stolen from you, yes, you. Trust the ANC, the home of corruption, bribery and graft. Look out for the next exciting ANC offer, sky high crime rates, coming to an your area soon.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2015-02-03 16:54

    A good story non the less. And if that fails, heck, Jan is always available to take the blame.

  • Korrupt Anc - 2015-02-03 17:40

    33.3% anc 'vota' education = POVERTY.

  • Genie Driscoll - 2015-02-03 17:58

    Of course SA has poverty, especially when the 99% of citizens who actually pay tax have to support Zuma and remodel his home!! SA should stop comparing the restb of the world to it. The ANC created this horrible picture and are never going to correct it. The poor will be poorer, the middle class poorer, the rich will immigrate and the destitute even worse off-if that's possible. And on top of that JZ gives himself and his ilk raises? The bread basket of Africa died in 1994. ANC I hate you for what you did to South Africa and to its people. I hope you all burn in hell when you die!

  • Todays Realist - 2015-02-03 18:10

    If there is no increase in jobs and taxpayers then the poor will simply become poorer! The Taxpayers Fund is nearly empty but the growth rate of the Black & Coloured population is 2% per annum. The only growth will be in POVERTY if nothing is done to prevent the runaway population growth! The growth in Black & Coloured population over the last 20 years was 14 million. Currently there are 16 million receiving handouts from the State.

  • Bradley Duncan - 2015-02-03 18:35

    What else can we expect from a lazy population waiting for free handouts from corrupt leaders.

  • Marina Millicent Poniatowska - 2015-02-03 19:05

    I honestly think the poor doesn't see themselves a luckier than the other poor people in the rest of the world

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2015-02-03 19:19


  • Ledger Barnard Colleen - 2015-02-03 20:39

    Under the ANC and Zuma administration, we will see poverty like never before and many will never recover in their life times

  • Andrew Peters - 2015-02-03 20:44

    Apartheid is to blame....

  • craig.cronwright - 2015-02-03 21:03

    It's all the same mumbo jumbo from the ANC and there dismal statistics on just about everything! Slow progression to Zim state . Soon these people will be begging again and living in hope

  • craig.cronwright - 2015-02-03 21:09

    Need 24 deleting my comments? What happened to freedom of speech you fools!! Does the truth hurt ??!!

  • Utopian Indigent - 2015-02-04 01:24

    All that is needed to break poverty is proper schooling and permanent employment. In a poor country government is the key roleplayer in both. Firstly if population growth exceeds economic growth, there will be less wealth per person, simple fact. Gov lied by reporting GDP growth in total while per person GDP is shrinking. Secondly government overpays its entry-level officeworkers. Many more people can be employed at a liveable salary with the budget gov has. Only once the economy and services have improved, better gov salaries will be viable. China uplifted 800 million people from below the poverty line within 20 years through family planning, fiscal discipline, infrastructure projects with basic salaries, and economic reforms. But that takes sensible commitment from knowleadgeable leaders. They were really serious about relieving poverty.

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