South Africa's Economic Development

The programme to push back the frontiers of poverty requires an integrated and comprehensive approach to poverty eradication. Alongside the primary emphasis of ensuring that as many South Africans as possible have work, there is a targeted programme of action focused on the social upliftment of especially the most disadvantaged in the South African society.

It combines direct poverty-alleviation programmes with the broadening of access to social services and infrastructure: housing, electrification, social development, health, education, water, telecommunications, and sport and recreational facilities.

The eradication of poverty is fundamental to the restoration of the dignity of the majority of South Africa’s people and a better life for all citizens. All government departments in their respective delivery areas execute their tasks with this objective as one of their central points of reference.

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