I can't say I was exactly surprised by your revelations regarding the inaccuracy of oft-cited Gini data for South Africa.
India's government is to roll out the first phase of its hugely ambitious plans to hand out cash to welfare claimants.
As China prepares for its leadership transition, state media has hailed a "golden decade" under the incumbents.
SA has mostly delegated the care of its poor and vulnerable to NGOs, but with funding drying up, these groups are struggling to keep their heads above water.
It is difficult to imagine how R280 can improve the life chances of a child, let alone a country, writes George Laryea-Adjei.
Non-profit organisations fulfilling many of the state's obligations are being crippled by its inefficiency and indifference, writes Heidi Swart.
The ANC appears intent on moving towards a full-blown welfare state with a far wider range of state benefits for the poor.