There are more people receiving social grants in South Africa than there are people with jobs. This is the finding from the latest South Africa Survey published by the IRR last week. Furthermore, as the economy slows, the government will find it harder to expand the rollout of grants, or to increase their value. According to IRR analyst Gerbrandt van Heerden: “In 2016, there were 15 545 000 people with jobs in South Africa while 17 094 331 people were receiving social grants.” Van Heerden said, “The numbers are a recipe for social and political chaos. With South Africa formally in recession, …‘Click here to read full article…’
This is the murder rate in South Africa, broken down by province. Our Western Cape remains troubled, one of the most dangerous in our country. The image below is provided by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in their 2017 Quality of Life report.
White South Africans have considerably higher quality of life than Coloured, Indian/Asian and Black South Africans, according to a Fast Facts report released today by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR). The report also shows that Gauteng and the Western Cape have a significantly higher quality of life than rural provinces. In South Africa’s Quality of Life: A Brief Reading, the IRR presents its newly developed Quality of Life Index, which seeks to track the country’s progress in improving living standards by comparing indicators across South Africa’s nine provinces and the four major race groups. Each of the …‘Click here to read full article…’
The IRR says the decision this evening by S&P Global Ratings to cut South Africa’s long term foreign currency sovereign credit rating to speculative grade or ‘junk status’ risks triggering a series of economic setbacks that will affect the living standards of all South Africans directly. The Head of the IRR’s Centre for Risk Analysis, Mr Kerwin Lebone, said, “The announcement is a considerable setback particularly after the effort that was made by business, civil society, and some government leaders to prevent precisely this outcome”. IRR CEO Dr Frans Cronje said, “The downgrade greatly complicates the prospects for South Africa …‘Click here to read full article…’
Against the background of the criminal charge brought against the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, the IRR has released a policy paper titled The Rise of the New Right: South Africa’s Road to 2024 on the prospects for a forced, quite authoritarian, economic reform process in South Africa. IRR CEO Dr Frans Cronje said: “The decision to charge Mr Gordhan with fraud ties into one of our scenarios that describes the rise of a new right wing in South Africa’s politics. One of the less explored policy avenues open to the South African government is to follow the examples …‘Click here to read full article…’