How are various levels of poverty in SA measured?

South Africa's current methodological approaches to measuring poverty at various levels affects how it is defined alongside changing standards of living in a fragile economy.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi speaks to researcher at Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit, Josh Budlender, about the issue.

Over 60% of South Africans are poor. So if you look at who's at the middle of South Africa's income distribution, it's poor people.

Josh Budlender, Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit

In a high inequality country, the typical standard of living is pretty high because the rich people pull up the standard of living.

Josh Budlender, Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit

In a high inequality country, you may find that the case is that poor people might need more money to be seen as non-poor.

Josh Budlender, Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit

The upper-bound poverty line is around R1365 per month, which is around R45 per day. That's not a lot of money but around 60% of the population is below that.

Josh Budlender, Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit

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