Stats SA: Black households continue to be excluded from the economy

Pali Lehohla says the average annual household income for white people in 2015 was five times more than that of black people

FILE: Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Statistics South Africa says the inequality gap remains largely widened along racial lines where most black households are working to eat and have very little room to save.

Yesterday, statistician general Pali Lehohla announced the living conditions survey, which tracks poverty, development and informs how the consumer index basket is weighted.

In 2015, total annual income amounted to R2,3 trillion while expenditure and consumption was R1,72 trillion.

Lehohla says the average annual household income for white people in 2015 was five times more than that of black people

So the context of fees must fall is clear

Lehohla used the example of Gauteng where households spend nearly 40 percent of their household income on transport.

This shows how apartheid spatial planning continues to disadvantage mainly black people.

In terms of gender, male-headed households spent one and a half times more than female-led homes.

When looking at household incomes according to each province, the Western Cape has the highest, with an average of 222,959.