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By Ian Shapiro, Kahreen Tebeau

Democracy got here to South Africa in April 1994, whilst the African nationwide Congress gained a landslide victory within the first loose nationwide election within the country's historical past. That definitive and peaceable transition from apartheid is usually stated as a version for others to persist with. the hot order has considering that survived numerous transitions of ANC management, and it avoided a in all probability destabilizing constitutional hindrance in 2008. but huge, immense demanding situations stay. Poverty and inequality are one of the maximum on the planet. awesome unemployment has fueled xenophobia, leading to lethal aggression directed at refugees and migrant staff from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Violent crime charges, fairly homicide and rape, stay grotesquely excessive. The HIV/AIDS pandemic used to be shockingly mishandled on the maximum degrees of presidency, and an infection charges remain overwhelming. regardless of the country's uplifting good fortune of internet hosting Africa's first global Cup in 2010, inefficiency and corruption stay rife, infrastructure and easy providers are frequently semifunctional, and political competition and a loose media are stressed. during this quantity, significant students chronicle South Africa's achievements and demanding situations because the transition. The contributions, all formerly unpublished, symbolize the state-of-the-art within the learn of South African politics, economics, legislation, and social coverage.

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Even van der Berg et al. (2006) found that their model of income distribution indicated rising income inequality between 1994 and 2004. Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, 1994–2007 29 The Gini coefficient might not be the most appropriate measure of income distribution in the South African case, as it is reportedly less sensitive to changes at either end of the income distribution and more sensitive to changes in the middle. South Africa’s rich are unusually rich and South Africa’s poor are exceptionally poor, even relative to other unequal societies.

This implies that nonresponse within the reweighted categories was random. Nonrandom nonresponse within the reweighted categories might have major implications for any analysis that requires data on distribution. Van der Berg et al. (2006) agreed that the African “middle class” has experienced dramatic growth. If AMPS data underestimated the growth of prosperity among rich African people, then van der Berg et al. would have overestimated the benefits of growth that accrue to poor African people.

Even van der Berg et al. (2006) found that their model of income distribution indicated rising income inequality between 1994 and 2004. Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, 1994–2007 29 The Gini coefficient might not be the most appropriate measure of income distribution in the South African case, as it is reportedly less sensitive to changes at either end of the income distribution and more sensitive to changes in the middle. South Africa’s rich are unusually rich and South Africa’s poor are exceptionally poor, even relative to other unequal societies.

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