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Friday, 23 October, 2020
Quote of the week
""E-waste – discarded electrical or electronic equipment – is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world in terms of volume. Africa is one of the more highly affected continents because large quantities of end of life materials from around the world end up at dumps in this region. A lot of it has to do with education – people cannot dispose of their e-waste responsibly if they do not differentiate it from other forms of waste. This project provides a sound platform for raising awareness and discussing these issues.” “It is well known that financial strain and unemployment add additional pressure to the mental health struggles of people.” "
- Monique Elliott, head of marketing at CompariSure; Todd Ashton, Vice President and Head of Ericsson East and South Africa
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South Africa’s economy has always been linked to the separate development agenda, which has resulted in fragmented spatial development planning along historical lines and patterns poor / no economic, social and cultural linkages to areas of economic activity, and relatively prosperous commercial and urban centres enduring underdevelopment with its social, economic, and cultural manifestations: poverty, gross income inequality, and chronic unemployment.
The South African Rural Areas can be best described from the apartheid categories the Bantustans - in the rest of the country, areas containing smaller towns and commercial farms as well as most mines. By extension, the definition of rural used here includes a number of small towns and relatively dense settlements.
In 2009, 30% of the South African population lived in municipalities located mostly in the former Bantustans, 17% each in the commercial farming areas and secondary cities, and 35% in the metros. The share of the population living in the former Bantustans and commercial farming areas had dropped from 53% in 1995 to 48% in 2009, while the share of the metros climbed from 31% to 35%.
Poverty in the rural areas
At the end of the ‘00s, the core challenge in the former Bantustans and commercial farming regions remained extraordinarily high levels of poverty. In 2007 half of all households in the former Bantustans survived on around R1400 a month. In secondary cities and commercial farming areas, the median income was around R2000 a month. In the metropoles, it was over R3000 a month.
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