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InformAfrica – Why do white South Africans earn six times more than blacks on the African continent? Does this mean President Jacob Zuma has done little to nothing to improve the lives of black South Africans during his tenure?
The 2011 South Africa Census says that white South Africans earn six times more than black South Africans nearly two decades after the end of apartheid and despite income growth.
How long will South African whites continue to earn six times more than blacks?
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President Jacob Zuma says that much remains to be done to improve people’s livelihoods and the disparities between rich and poor. However, he said access to basic services, such as water through pipes, electricity and garbage removal has more than doubled since the end of apartheid in 1994.
The 2011 census, the third since 1994, was released last week Tuesday and shows South Africa‘s population has increased by 7 million people in the last decade to 51.8 million by October 2011.
The census also said more South African homes have TVs than refrigerators and more cellphones than electric or gas stoves.
Overall, household incomes more than doubled in the last 10 years: the average now stands at R103,204 (£7,421), up from R48,385 in 2001.
But white households earned on average about six times more a year than black households, R365,134 (£26,258) per annum, despite the fact that black households have on average more people living in them, and despite an increase in the average black salary of 169 per cent since 2001.
In a 2006 survey of incomes, South African white households were shown to earn 7.5 times as much as black households in South Africa. Analysts estimated that at the same rate of development, it would take until 2061 for black and white families to bring home the same salaries.
“The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.” ― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
The discrimination against black south Africans on the continent should never be overlooked. What is the essence of electing a black man as a leader who does little to nothing to improve the lives of his own people? The major thing President Jacob Zuma is known for is his public dancing festivity, and not the improvement of the South African people’s living standard.
South African whites earning six times more than South African blacks in this 21st century is totally absurd. In his earnest, Jacob Zuma must do what is economically and equally right to balance the equation among the South African people and their living standard.