BRITISH CHARITY OXFAM WARNS OF TOURGH TIMES AHEAD FOR SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG, Even as South Africa’s Statistician-General reports of the incidence of poverty in the country creeping up again after declining in the 2006-2011 period, the British charity, Oxfam, has warned that efforts to alleviate poverty will fail because the government’s policies do not put enough focus on job creation.

The warning came Tuesday after Statistics South Africa (StatsSA)released its Africa poverty trends report for the period from 2006 to 2015. According to the report, 55 per cent South Africans are living in poverty with children being the most vulnerable.

Oxfam South Africa representative Thembinkosi Dlamini says South Africa needs to concentrate more on improving access to education but also improving its quality.

At the same time we do know that even those people who’ve been educated in the higher quality universities still find it hard to find employment because of the number of policy choices of the past which have tended to squeeze people out of employment, adds Dlamini.

What you need is the human resource to work, earn an income, decide and pay for services. Of course, with the downgrades and the economy in a technical recession in 2017, but the signs in terms of what we are seeing in the economy is that this poverty is going to deepen.

Statistician-General Pali Lahohla has warned that South Africa’s technical recession is likely to worsen the country’s poverty levels.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK