Ramaphosa: Poverty, inequality and unemployment remains SA’s biggest headache

Ramaphosa: Poverty, inequality and unemployment remains SA’s biggest headache

President Cyril Ramaphosa has identified poverty, inequality and unemployment as the three main issues which continue to hinder the country's growth.

Cyril Ramaphosa delivering 25 year review report

Ramaphosa launched the 25 Year Review Report at the University of Mpumalanga in Mbombela on Friday, where he revealed South Africa's progress since the dawn of democracy.

Ramaphosa attributed the unequal distribution of wealth on years of apartheid rule.

"Not withstanding all the legal and policy instruments of redress, we still have three problems that persist - poverty, inequality and unemployment. This is largely the result of skewed ownership and participation patterns in our economy," he said.

"It is this skewed and deformed economy that we inherited from the past misrulers of this country that yielded this legacy."

Cyril Ramaphosa review report Mpumalanga

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation was tasked by the Presidency with the responsibility to lead a review of the 25 years of democracy.


The review was conducted in collaboration with other national government departments and the offices of the various provincial premiers.


The report also found that spatial planning continues to breed more marginalisation and poverty among certain groups.


"The area of spacial planning and spatial justice are among the areas that still require attention and may I say, urgent attention,” said Ramaphosa.


“Although more than 3 million houses have been provided to poor families in our country, many of these houses have been provided and located far from economic opportunities and social services.


"We've tended to have our people accommodated on a continuous basis far and far away from areas of economic activities."


Ramaphosa committed to ensure that such issues are redressed in the coming years.


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