The Poverty Line

The Poverty Line

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Research in 2015, by University of Cape Town economist Arden Finn, revealed that a South African worker and their family would require R4,125 pcm to reach ‘the poverty line’.[4]  According to the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (Saldru), defining the poverty line involves taking internationally established costs of basic needs to quantify, in money terms, the most basic food items and other necessities that a person needs to live. [5]  In reality, 95% of people employed in domestic services, 90% in agriculture, and half of those in manufacturing and transport earn less than R4,125.  Sixty percent of African workers, 56% of Coloured workers earn less than R4,125 a month, compared to 37% of Asian/Indian workers and 22% of white workers


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