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Sources: based on a map from Cartografare il Presente,
2010; Statistics South Africa, online database, 2010;
Human Sciences Research Council, Fact Sheet: Poverty
in South Africa, 2004; The Independent Online, BBC,
Reuters press review; KwaZulu-Natal University, Social
Protest Observatory, 2010.
Uploaded on Wednesday 01 Feb 2012
Poverty and social unrest in South Africa
Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Although the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index ranks South Africa as a middle-income country, the way in which income is distributed across the population is highly skewed. Some 39 per cent of the population, estimated at more than 49 million people, lives on less than R 388 a month. One consequence of poverty and high levels of unemployment is social unrest. A large proportion of South Africa’s poor population live in the eastern half of the country, which is also the area with the largest share of black population.