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.
The head of the Free Market Foundation argued there has been “spectacular” racial transformation in South Africa since apartheid ended. This is the second of two reports fact-checking the statistics Leon Louw cited.
The Free Market Foundation’s Leon Louw argued there has been “spectacular” racial transformation in South Africa since apartheid ended. This is the first of two reports fact-checking the statistics he cited.
Former member of parliament, Andile Mngxitama, made several claims about race, poverty and inequality in South Africa in a recent article on behalf of the Black First Land First movement. Africa Check found three to be in the right ballpark, while two were incorrect.
Cape Town metro police smashed Lunga Goodman Nono’s guitar, threw him to the ground and shoved him into a police van. The 51-year-old blind busker, they said, had violated the city’s by-laws. But, as TO Molefe discovered, the by-laws don’t exist and Cape Town officials were relying on an apartheid-era policy document.
Do 400,000 whites live in squatter camps in South Africa, as claimed in a recent BBC report. Are there really 80 “white squatter camps” dotted around Pretoria? The answer to both is no.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames’ claim that annual rises of 16 percent in electricity tariffs will “not harm” the poor is wrong. The assistance proposed for the poorest will not shield them. Proportional to income, they will be hard hit.
Helen Zille is right to dispute claims by ANC leaders and others that opposition-run Cape Town is ‘more unequal’ than other South African cities. It is one of the most unequal cities in the world but other SA cities are more unequal still, UN figures show.