PRETORIA– The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called on the private sector and civil society to work with the government to reduce the levels of poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Launching the Poverty and Inequality Assessment Report here Tuesday, she noted that poverty rates had fallen since 2006 but increased between 2011 and 2015.
Despite the achievements we have made as a country, the battle against poverty and inequality is still a long way to go compared with most countries in the world due to the high initial income gap that we seek to address, Dlamini-Zuma said.
She said the urgent challenge affecting South Africa’s anti-poverty efforts is the fact that the majority of the population is not participating in the economic mainstream. Even if the economy grows, the people who are poor and unemployed are not likely to get employed and benefit from that because a lot of the poor are unemployable because of the demands of the economy,” she added.
Most of them don’t have skills that the economy demands so that tells us that we need a skills revolution in this country in order to [reduce] poverty and narrow the inequality gap.”
World Bank Country Director Dr Paul Noumba Um said South Africa had made progress in terms of poverty reduction, improving access to basic services, education and health but the progress made has been undermined by low economic growth.
Growth that we have had over the past years has not been sufficiently pro-poor, has not created enough jobs to meet the targets outlined in the National Development Plan. As a continent, unemployment remains high, especially for young people. This is the issue our generation must address, Noumba Um said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK