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The Impacts of Social and Economic Inequality on Economic Development in South Africa

  • Year: 2014
  • Organisation: UNDP
  • Publication Author(s): Kate Philip, Mbofholowo Tsedu and Meshack Zwane
  • Countries and Regions: South Africa

Twenty years after the end of apartheid South Africa is a different place. It has a well-institutionalized democracy. Significant gains have been made in social equity and in reducing extreme poverty. Yet poverty, unemployment and inequality remain South Africa's most pressing problems. Social change and enhanced access to rights have not translated into comparable economic shifts – unemployment has risen and inequality remains extreme.

This UNDP report, prepared by TIPS, explores the multi-dimensional nature of inequality in South Africa and how social and economic inequality impact on the scope for economic development. It does so in relation to the following themes: the structure of the economy; spatial inequality; inequality in opportunities and human development outcomes; and income inequality.

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