Annual Forum Papers

Inequality in South Africa: Nature, Causes and Responses

  • Year: 2004
  • Organisation: The Edge Institute
  • Author(s): Stephen Gelb
  • Countries and Regions: South Africa

This paper examines the nature of the divide which Mbeki pointed to between the two nations and the reasons for the limited response to this divide during the post-apartheid era since 1994 at which he hints. This paper argues that this response can be understood only through an historical analysis of the transition to democracy. Section 2 provides an overview of inequality, poverty and economic growth in South Africa and their trends during the past ten years.