A large number of poor South Africans live in informal settlements.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
South African police on patrol in Hout Bay, Cape Town, following requests for more intervention by locals.
Increasing police patrols won't solve South Africa's high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.
Extensive research has been done on poverty and inequality in South Africa but more is needed to better understand the status quo and mainly inter-sectional factors that drive inequality.
The populism politics adopted by South Africa's ruling party, African National Congress, mask a strategy to deflect attention from the party's policy failures and to hide its many scandals.
Australian political leaders love to talk about the ‘fair go’, but in truth we are moving away from it on many measures.
Although politicians claim to place a great deal of importance on the idea of the fair go, there are still significant ways in which Australian society seems to depart from this idea.
Guyana can show how distractions or buffers are a powerful means to concentrate and maintain economic power.
Tax policy appears to be one driver of inequality.
An analysis of what's known as the Gini coefficient offers some clues on what makes one society more unequal in terms of income than another.
A great deal of detail about poverty and inequality in South Africa remains unspoken.
Some hard-to-hear facts are not included in the World Bank's new discussion note on poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Mine workers walking outside a hostel in Rustenburg. A national minimum wage could help narrow the income gap.
International experiences indicate that South Africa could reduce income inequality by introducing a national minimun wage.
Supporters of the Congress of South African Trade Unions march in the streets of Johannesburg. Economic freedom has eluded the majority of South Africans.
Economic transformation of unequal societies in a democratising context is difficult. This requires a creative mix of policy options underpinned by a commitment to social justice.
Women wait in line to fill buckets from a communal clean tap in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. The country has extremely high levels of inequality.
Thomas Piketty's visit reminds us of the need to reconsider South African inequality-fibbery. His inequality critique is vital, but only if it can withstand the neoliberal embrace.
Thomas Piketty argues that education is a big equaliser in a highly unequal society like South Africa. But it must be good quality education.
Twenty years ago, Brazil and South Africa were in a similar position when it comes to inequality. Brazil has made significant progress in addressing this, but South Africa hasn't.
Four Sydney metropolitan councils have the highest level of wealth inequality in Australia.
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The most unequal state in Australia is NSW, while the least unequal state is Tasmania, according to new analysis.
French economist and author Thomas Piketty. His book on inequality has lessons for developing economies such as South Africa.
Inequality remains one of South Africa's major problems. Thomas Piketty's visit to the country provides an opportunity to explore ways to deal with this problem.
To make politicians invest more in quality public education, more people need to vote.
Widespread protests about poor service delivery have rocked South Africa.
After two decades of democracy, economic inequality in South Africa remains very high. Survey comparability issues make analysing trends tricky, but it is clear that overall income inequality has not fallen…
Social stability is the main driver behind the release of China’s reform guidelines on income equality, which contained frank admissions of the drivers of inequality.
For all the economic success that China has enjoyed in recent decades, such as record levels of poverty reduction and growth in real per capita consumption, a consistent conclusion of academic research…