A general statement about South Africa would suggest that the country has rich natural resources, a growing economy and a relatively high average annual per capita income of more than $4 000. This is typical of an upper‐middle income country, and yet for many South Africans this classification has little or no significant meaning. Many people are struggling to find work, to access quality education and affordable healthcare, or to have access to basic services. People hoped for the prospect of a better life after the partheid era, but South Africa is still a place where social and economic exclusion, poverty, and inequality are the reality for many, especially in the rural areas.
Paper written by by Randall Adams and published by the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary Liaison Office