WP 99/030 - Social Policy to Address Poverty

Servaas Van Der Berg

Date of Publication: 
August 1999

This paper provides an analysis of the role of social policies in alleviating poverty in South Africa. In doing so, the paper assesses the contribution of education and social security in reducing poverty in the country. The paper suggests that although there is limited scope for further initiatives for poverty alleviation, there are three areas of policy that should receive increased emphasis - namely, improving the quality of education, expanding low-wage public works programmes, and government intervention in the capital market to ensure enhanced access for the poor.

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