Social development

South Africa looks into national minimum wage

The Department of Labour is set to launch a major investigation into the possibility of introducing of a national minimum wage in order to bring down levels of inequality in the country, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Workers at Harmony Gold Mine in Welkom, Free State province

R460-million for housing for Marikana miners

The North West provincial government has set aside over R460-million for housing projects in the platinum mining area of Marikana, as South Africa looks to push through a raft of measures aimed at ensuring long-term stability in the country's mining industry.


Fewer South Africans going to bed hungry

The number of South African households that experience hunger dropped by more than half, from 23.8% to 11.4%, between 2002 and 2013, although it has remained more or less static since 2011, according to Statistics South Africa's latest General Household Survey.


Social grants reach almost one-third of South Africans

The number of people receiving a social grant from the state grew from 12.7% in 2003 to 30.2% in 2013, while the number of households receiving at least one social grant increased from 29.9% to 45.5% over the same period, according to Statistics South Africa's latest General Household Survey.

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