South Africa's uneasy social convergence

19-11-2015

Despite its redistributive post-apartheid social policies, South Africa still faces substantial challenges. While most white citizens enjoy comparable living standards to those of the richest Western countries, one fifth of the population (mostly black) lives in extreme poverty. Government policies aimed at establishing social justice have achieved varying results. Deteriorating economic prospects have made expectations of social equity increasingly difficult to meet.

Despite its redistributive post-apartheid social policies, South Africa still faces substantial challenges. While most white citizens enjoy comparable living standards to those of the richest Western countries, one fifth of the population (mostly black) lives in extreme poverty. Government policies aimed at establishing social justice have achieved varying results. Deteriorating economic prospects have made expectations of social equity increasingly difficult to meet.