The 2016 Aspirations Report by the University of Cape Town's Unilever Institute has revealed that many black professionals felt that black tax inhibits them from reaching their dreams.
Income immobility due to challenging economic times has led some using small businesses to act as a cushion and to avoid falling into crippling debt.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Professor John Simpson about his findings.
The research was conducted through tracking behavioural and spending habits among various groups of people across the country.
Listen to the interview below:
There are 11 service delivery protests in this country daily. That's also to a large extent due to frustration that you have an expectation that something will happen and it doesn't.— Prof John Simpson, UCT Unilever Institute
Around 20% of net salaries are going to what people call black tax... They are paying for things like airtime and education.— Prof John Simpson, UCT Unilever Institute