South Africa: poverty



Currently, 23 per cent of the South African population lives in poverty — a vast improvement on 50 per cent in 2000. The graph above tracks the poverty rate in South Africa from 1995 to 2006; as it demonstrates, the highest poverty rate occurred in 2000, and the lowest in 2006.

An estimated 58 per cent of households in South Africa do not have access to a flush or chemical toilet, and more than 19 per cent of households do not have access to running water. This is exacerbated by there being only one social worker for every 4,000 people in South Africa, and by the inadequate service that patients receive at state-run hospitals.