April 26, 2017

Need to fix dangerously wide wealth gap

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Ten percent of the population earns around 55 to 60 percent of all income The same small, privileged group owns at least 90 to 95 percent of all assets. By: Anna Orthofer South Africa is known for its extreme income inequality, which is one of the highest in the world. Ten percent of the population earns around 55 – 60 percent of all income, compared to only 20-35 percent in the advanced economies. But while the top income share is high in its own right, it pales in comparison to those for wealth; such as real estate, pension funds and…

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When the Girls rebel

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Pretoria girls refuse to sacrifice culture, identity On Saturday, students at Pretoria High School for Girls stood against racism at the former white-only institution. As political leaders intervened, Greg Nicolson spoke to students and found that the issues spread across the country: The videos appear to show a heated exchange, but when the protest turned confrontational on Saturday, matric students Malaika Maoh Eyoh and Palesa Sedibe*, both 17 years old, felt tired. They were in their fifth year at the school and had seen black students, even teachers, teased and humiliated, broken as they were forced to sacrifice their cultures…

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Semenya criticism not scientific

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Some critics have suggested that Mokgadi Caster Semenya should not be allowed to race against women as she might have an “unfair advantage” over other competitors because of her alleged high testosterone levels. As the claim appears not to be scientifically justified, the suspicion arises that the objections are informed by prejudice and by stereotypical assumptions about women (and in this case, specifically, a black woman), writes Pierre de Vos: After South Africa’s Caster Semenya won the 800m at the world athletic championships in 2009, Caster Semenya was humiliated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which ordered her to…

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