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Jeff Radebe: South Africans have remained poor

A study first conducted in 2008 has revealed that people who were poor then have stayed poor.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says the latest National Income Dynamic Study shows that the majority of South Africans who were poor in 2008 have remained poor.

Radebe released the findings in Pretoria today, which form part of government's initiative to provide an enhanced understanding of the socio-economic dynamic in South Africa.

Minister Radebe says the main findings of the national income dynamic study shows that not much changed for poor South Africans between 2008 and 2015.

He says these people are effectively trapped in poverty and policy interventions are needed to address the structural issues within the economy.

At the same time, the study shows that the middle class in South Africa makes up only about 15 percent of the total population, with black people now outnumbering whites by about two to one.

In respect of youth employment, the study finds that individuals who were consistently employed during the past seven years were also those who had the highest level of education.