The deputy CEO of a South African non-governmental organisation recently tweeted that close to 80% of personal income tax is contributed by 1.7 million individuals. But, as with most things to do with tax, the truth is not that simple.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.
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.
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.