In 2012, Africa Check found that Cape Town had the lowest inequality – by a small margin – of South Africa’s metros, as measured by the Gini coefficient. This factsheet is an update and attempt to highlight the complexity of ranking South African cities’ high inequality rates.
Agitating that #DataMustFall, some have claimed that South Africans spend close to a quarter of their income on data. But surveys from South Africa’s national statistics agency and the University of Cape Town tell a different story.
South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently claimed that the country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world and that young people make up the majority of the unemployed. Both these claims are correct.
When he defended the Gupta family against criticism of “state capture”, the head of their holding company claimed that Gupta businesses employ more than 4,500 people in South Africa, and later 7,500. But we couldn’t find sources supporting these totals.
South Africa’s Democratic Alliance party will be marching against high unemployment next week, a situation they blame on the ruling African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma. But is their calculation correct that 774 people become jobless every day?