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The opportunities life presents to most South Africans remain firmly tied to their socio-economic status at birth, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Social Mobility Index 2020.
In other words, South Africa – the most unequal society in the world – has one of the lowest rates of social mobility in the world.
Social mobility refers to the movement up or down social classes.
It refers to the ability of a child to experience a better life than her parents.
South Africa ranks 77th out of 82 countries benchmarked for the Global Social Mobility Index.
Social mobility ranking of Brics countries:
Russia – 39th
China – 45th
Brazil – 60th
India – 76th
- South Africa – 77th
Social mobility is low in most countries; only these 10 countries can be said to have the right conditions for it: